A top apps list worth a look from Meldium

Tis the season of “top apps of the year” lists. Many are skippable. But this one compiled by password management company Meldium, now part of LogMeIn, caught my eye.

Based on the examination of usage data from “multiple tens of thousands” of users — the exact number wasn’t disclosed — Meldium came up with a list of the most popular applications across six categories — communication, collaboration, retail and service, sales and marketing, and social media.

Some results were hardly surprising: [company]Twitter[/company], for example, was undisputed overall champ and the champ within social media by far.

But a few results were more eyebrow-raising. In the dev tools category for instance, [company]Heroku[/company] got the top slot over perennial dev favorite [company]Github[/company]. No offense to Heroku, which is popular, but it just seems odd that it would have more users than Github, which as far as I know, pretty much every developer uses.

Chris Corde, Meldium’s director of products, agreed that this was surprising on the surface, but given that Meldium is designed to enable workgroups to securely share account credentials, it’s really not a shocker. Github users tend to have individual accounts even if they work in groups, while Heroku is particularly suited for groups of colleagues, Corde noted.

Other tools filling in the top five development tools category were Zapier, an API integration service; [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services Management Console; and Bitbucket’s free source code hosting.

It was also somewhat surprising to Corde that [company]GoDaddy[/company] won the retail and service category, but then again, a ton of accounts use that company’s DNS registration services.

Take a look at the whole post for other interesting tidbits, but the top-line results are below.

 Overall winners:

  1. Twitter
  2. MailChimp
  3. Gmail
  4. Amazon Web Services
  5. Mixpanel

Category winners

  1. Collaboration — MailChimp
  2. Dev tools — Heroku
  3. Retail and service — GoDaddy
  4. Sales and marketing — Salesforce.com
  5. Social media — Twitter
  6. Analytics — Mixpanel

Fork in the road for Node.js

Node.js, the popular server-side JavaScript environment, may be heading for a fork as a group outside of Joyent has posted its own project on Github.

[company]Joyent[/company] has been the de facto guardian of Node.js for some time, but now another group appears to be backing io.js implementation, according to Infoworld, Wired and other sources this week.

Here’s the blurb from the Github io.js Readme file on the project:

This repository began as a GitHub fork of joyent/node where contributions, releases, and contributorship are under an open governance model.

We intend to land, with increasing regularity, releases which are compatible with the npm ecosystem that has been built to date for node.js.

The feeling among the io.js contingent seems to be that Joyent’s move in October to set up a Node.js Advisory Board came too late to settle differences in how the project is managed. Infoworld’s Paul Krill interviewed io.js contributor Mikeal Rogers about why the group went this route.

No one can say this is a surprise. There’s been angst in Node.js land at least since late last year when a spat erupted between two top Node.js contributors, which caused considerable bad feeling.

Talking to media, Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill downplayed concerns that the dual projects will lead to fragmentation and said Joyent has reached out to the io.js team.

The stakes are high. Node.js has seen great traction in companies including [company]LinkedIn[/company], [company]PayPal[/company], Uber, [company]Yahoo[/company] and [company]The New York Times[/company].

Presumably, none of these Node.js players want that momentum to stall.

Bryan Cantrill at Structure 2014. Credit: Jakub Mosur

Bryan Cantrill at Structure 2014

Photo credit: Jakub Mosur

Google has open sourced a tool for inferring cause from correlations

Google open sourced a new package for the R statistical computing software that’s designed to help users infer whether a particular action really did cause subsequent activity. Google has been using the tool, called CausalImpact, to measure AdWords campaigns but it has broader appeal.

Mode raises $2M and opens ‘GitHub for data’ to the public

Mode is trying to do for data scientists and analysts what GitHub did for developers by giving them a place where they can find, collaborate and work on data. Formation8 led the new round, which also included Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian.