I know it's unreasonable to compare JSclasses to PHPclasses growth in first year, because of the amount of internet users that are now and were 12 years ago, but still, maybe in comparison, do you remember:
What was the first year in PHP classes?
How many users/packages there were?
When (after how many years) did you realize that PHPclasses become a success?
How many years passed till PHPclasses was as big as JSclasses now (I'm just guessing it took more time to gather so many members than in JSclasses, but maybe I'm wrong).
Any other interesting facts/things?
Manuel Lemos - 2011-08-26 03:02:47 - In reply to message 1 from Arturs Sosins
I am not sure if it is possible to provide accurate statistics of the first year of the PHPClasses site. The problem is that in the beginning the site did not record the date of approval of the each package, neither the date of registration of each user.
However, I can try to guess how many were published looking at records of users that downloaded packages than. That may be valid if users did not download those packages again at a later date, which I have no way of knowing as the site just record the last download date.
On that assumption, it seems that in the first year it was published 53 classes submitted by 29 authors. 11 of those packages were submitted by me. Two other top authors submitted 5 packages each. PHPClasses reached 10500 users in the first year.
It seems it took 1 year and 5 months for PHPClasses to have the same 82 packages published in the site that JSClasses got in just 1 year but by than PHPClasses already had 50 contributors against 39 of the JSClasses for the same first 82 packages.
It is hard to tell when I can say I realized PHPClasses was a success because it depends what you consider to be a parameter of success.
Given that this is an user contributed site, once you see other authors submitting other packages, you can realize that the site has appeal to encourage other authors to contribute. That started happening from the start of the site.
Other parameter of success is when you start seeing others recommending the site for sharing or finding PHP components. That I also started seeing from the start.
What happens is that other authors also wanted the same things that I wanted as a developer, which is a place to share my work so I can get feedback from the users in terms of bug reports and suggestions. That also started happening from the start because the site published the authors' e-mail address.
But it was only in 2004 when the per package forums were launched. Then feedback and discussions became more frequent and useful because other users may check past discussions about the same issues they have.