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Three times each week, ACM provides timely coverage of established and emerging areas of computer science, the latest trends in information technology, and related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics news to a global audience of more than 110,000 readers, in the form of the ACM TechNews newsletter. A benefit of ACM membership, TechNews is assembled from hundreds of relevant English-language technology publications from all over the world to keep ACM's members current and informed on a wide range of technology topics.

In order to stay on top of readers' topic preferences, ACM tracks readers' usage of the dozen or so links in each TechNews edition that provide access to the full texts of each of TechNews article abstract. We use that capability to dig through the data to determine which of the more than 2,500 article abstracts delivered during the course of 2017 were most popular with readers, based on the numbers of clicks each received.

Looking at the 10 most clicked-on TechNews articles during the course of 2017, the most popular topic appears to be programming languages, with six of the articles covering trends in programming languages generally, or the relative benefits of specific categories of languages.

The most popular TechNews article abstract clicked on last year was in the Wednesday, July 19 edition; the link took readers to the full text of the article "The 2017 Top Programming Languages," published in IEEE Spectrum on July 18.

The 10 most frequently clicked-on content links in TechNews during 2017 were:

Rank Article Publication Date URL
1 The 2017 Top Programming Languages  IEEE Spectrum July 19, 2017
2 The Top Seven Programming Languages of 2018  SD Times December 20, 2017
3 The Death of Ruby? Developers Should Learn These Languages Instead  TechRepublic August 7, 2017
4 21 Technologies Transforming Software Development  InfoWorld August 7, 2017
5 The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most  TechRepublic November 1, 2017
6 Functional Languages Beat Procedural/Object-Oriented  ADTMag October 4, 2017
7 Using AI-Enhanced Malware, Researchers Disrupt Algorithms Used in Antimalware  TechRepublic May 5, 2017
8 The Year in Programming Languages  InfoWorld December 29, 2017
9 College Students Come Up With Plug-in to Combat Fake News  The Boston Globe December 29, 2017
10 This Deep Learning AI Generated Thousands of Creepy Cat Pictures  Motherboard July 17, 2017


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Lawrence M. Fisher is Senior Editor/News for ACM Magazines.


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