I was looking recently at the PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language.
That site ranks popularity of programming languages (Java is #1) using Google Trends tools based on searches of the form <Language Name> Tutorial. I did my own Google Trend search, comparing the 3M of Computer Algebra Systems: Maple, Mathematica, and Maxima using the Tutorial criteria as at PYPL.
With the data from Google Trends, I computed the proportion of the total 3M monthly searches for each program. Here’s how that looks over time since 2004:
It appears to me that Maxima is slowly and steadily gaining with nearly 20% share, Maple is currently at about 30%, and Mathematica at 50%. Does anybody know what happened between 2006 and 2013 to account for the increase in popularity of Mathematica and decrease for Maple?
Have you seen these sites?
Hyperpolyglot.org and Rosettacode.org provide a valuable help for users who need to solve a problem in a new language: Line-by-line comparisons with lots of other languages.
For Maxima users, Hyperpolyglot’s computer-algebra system section has side-by-side tables of comparisons with Mathematica, Maple, Sage and Numpy.
Rosettacode is arranged by task, with user-contributed solutions to common tasks in lots of languages. I was motivated to write this post while working on a new Maxima version of an ordinary differential equations course I’ve taught for years using MATLAB.
Here is Rosettacode’s section on the Euler Method — a method for numerical approximation to the solution of a first order ordinary differential equation.
For the record, this is the version I decided to teach in my course:
( initial value problem
for i:1 thru nsteps do (