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The Search Patterns of Javascript Developers


The online Javascript community is an amazing organism and it's growing larger by the minute. Did you know that according to Google, there are 543 different search phrases containing the word 'javascript' being typed into Google 1.5 million times each month!? That's roughly 50,000 searches a day! I think it's safe to say that the Javascript community is searching its heart out. Wouldn't it be interesting to know what the Javascript community is searching for? 

So I turned to the data Google gives me, but instead of manually analyzing 543 search phrases, I decided to perform word-based segmentation of the data and see what insights come out. Sadly, Google does not provide the reports I wanted, so I was forced to perform some exhausting Excel acrobatics and data manipulation in order to create the dataset I need.

Before I go into the details of the analysis, here are the bottom lines for the lazy or uninterested:
  • Searches in the Javascript community are usually around getting technical assistance
  • Specific topics of interests are classes, functions, printing and Javascript editors
  • The string.replace() function seems to be a pain in a lot of people's sides
  • Internet Explorer is causing more challenges than other browsers
  • People who use the word 'please' with Google do exist

Javascript Word Analysis


So after a few hours of spreadsheeting myself into oblivion, I managed to break the Search Phrases down into individual words and it turns out that all 543 Javascript-related search phrases are made up of only 203 unique words in total. Of those, 100 words are nouns, 64 are verbs, 14 are adjectives and 25 are adverbs, prepositions, pronouns or conjunctions.

Javascript Nouns: What Are The Searchers Looking For?

The table below lists the most frequently searched for nouns in the Javascript space and it is clear to see that the vast majority of searches are around getting technical assistance through tutorials and by example. In fact, the word 'tutorial' alone makes up 5% of all Javascript searches and appears in 10% of all unique search phrases, in both singular and plural forms. The word 'example' which also ties strongly to 'tutorial' has significant search volume as well. More specifically, Javascript classes, functions and editors are the topics most frequently searched for.

Top Nouns in Javascript Search Phrases

Unique Search Phrases
Monthly Searches
tutorial
48
63,110
class
1
14,800
void
1
14,800
html
27
10,530
this
8
9,920
editor
1
8,100
functions
1
8,100
examples
14
7,430
popup
1
6,600
tutorials
9
5,990

Javascript Verbs: What Are The Searchers Looking To Do?

Looking over the list of Javascript verbs, it is also apparent that the most searches are around getting technical help as the word 'learn' is ranked second in search volume. Coupled with 'learning' which too appears in the top 10 verbs, 'learn' makes up 2% of all searches.

It also appears that people are finding the string.replace() function more difficult to understand or remember than other functions, because it clearly leads the pack in search volume.

Unique Search Phrases
Monthly Searches
replace
1
49,500
learn
29
25,080
enable
29
18,840
print
1
12,100
update
1
8,100
learning
7
4,510
enabled
18
3,810
search
1
3,600
use
25
2,910
refresh
1
2,900

Other Interesting Factoids

Some other interesting pieces of insight hidden inside this data:
  • Around 140 people a month are polite enough to use the word 'please' in their searches
  • Internet Explorer is the ONLY browser name that explicitly appears in search terms
  • People are more confused about && than they are about ||



This post first appeared on Javascript (With A Q), please read the originial post: here

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