2010 perspective & plans for 2011

With 2010 behind us and a fresh 2011 ahead, I felt it was time for a short look at this website’s achievements and challenges.

This website was started two years ago, with an article on changing Matlab’s Command Prompt colors. In that article and a few that followed I showed how we can use undocumented Matlab features and functions to achieve stuff that nobody thought were possible. That starting article, with its cprintf followup are still some of the most popular articles on this website to this day.

Interest in this website grew steadily, from several hundred weekly visitors at the beginning, to thousands of unique weekly readers today. To date, 77,000 unique readers have read at least one article here, in some 140,000 different visits. RSS and email subscription has also grown at a steady pace, with about a thousand subscribers today.

Steady readership growth (click for details)

Steady readership growth (click for details)

The top visit-origin countries were the United States (quite a few of them from MathWorks headquarters itself), Germany, UK, France, India, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Australia.

Surprisingly, US visitors only account for about a third of all visits to the website. Apparently Matlab’s use worldwide is more evenly-spread than one would have assumed from the US’s technological dominance. Altogether, readers came from 163 different countries all over the world, including some that surprised me – for example, I did not expect an active Matlab community in Egypt or Vietnam, which came in at #36 and #45 respectively.

Readers from all over the world (click for details)

Readers from all over the world (click for details)

For the past two years, I have published weekly articles on this website. I have invested many hours of research, testing and preparation of each and every article. Many additional hours were spent answering hundreds of queries that came in as reader comments or emails.

Unfortunately, the financial income from this website has been nearly non-existent. Apparently almost nobody noticed the “Donate” button or the “Hire me” link (many thanks to the few who did).

I plan to continue publishing, but I can no longer justify a weekly article. I will publish at a more leisurely pace from now on, probably once every two weeks or so.

My planned articles for the upcoming weeks include a series of articles about UDD objects by Donn Shull, R2011a (as far as can be done without violating the pre-release NDA), uiinspect, and several additional series on uitable, menu-bar customizations and JIDE components. Additional topics can be found on my TODO page.

Happy 2011 everybody!

– Yair Altman

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9 Responses to 2010 perspective & plans for 2011

  1. Fab says:

    “Apparently Matlab’s use worldwide is more evenly-spread than one would have assumed from the US’s technological dominance.”
    Apparently you just guessed wrong about the US’s technological dominance. 😉

  2. Thanks for all your efforts Yair. You have created a superb site. Fewer posts will have a silver lining for my employer: I’ll get more work done.

  3. Jason says:

    Perhaps add a premium content section?

  4. Hi Yair,

    I have quite the same statistics report.

    I started a blog in French for “MATLAB Geek” 2 months ago : http://blog.developpez.com/matlab4geek/

    3900 visits at this time:
    I have quite the same report, this is my top 20 from Google Analytics:

    1. France (maternal language)
    2. Tunisia (people can speak French )
    3. USA
    4. Algeria (people can speak French )
    5. Belgium (people can speak French )
    6. Morrocco (people can speak French )
    7. Colombia
    8. Germany
    9. Canada
    10. Switzerland (people can speak French )
    11. UK
    12. Netherland
    13. Sweden
    14. Italy
    15. India
    16. Turkey
    17. Spain
    18. Pakistan
    19. ISRAEL
    20. Egypt

    31. Australia

    42. Vietnam

    I hope you will keep on writting this blog


    • @Aurélien – I’ve been following your blog from the very start. In fact, I learned of the availability of the R2011a pre-release from you, a few days before I got the email from MathWorks.

      I hope you can keep up the relatively high post frequency. There are too few independent Matlab blogs around…

      Good luck!

  5. @Malcolm – thanks for the kind words

    @Jason – thanks for the idea – I’ll think it over

  6. Joe Burgel says:


    You’ve done a great service to the ML community. Your efforts, although thus far, have not resulted in the requisite gratuity, have never-the-less not gone un-noticed. You’ve made a name for yourself. And that should be considered money in the bank. Your a smart guy and smart guy’s don’t stay poor forever. I have no doubt your day has not yet come. Hang in there and thanks for all you’ve done.

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