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I just looked at the statistics for the PowerCollections C# library and noticed a sharp decrease in quantity of downloads.

What may be the cause? Is there something better I should be using?

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I don't see the "sharp decrease"? I see a steady decline since about 2008, but given that the library has had no updates since 2007, that doesn't seem surprising... –  Dean Harding Jan 18 '11 at 5:52
    
@Dean: I've always been a bit puzzled by this attitude. Collection classes don't go bad just because the year has changed; it's not like they have an expiration date. –  Robert Harvey Jan 23 '11 at 0:07
    
@Robert: no, but a lack of activity would make me think twice about using it: is anybody around in case I run into a problem? Look at their issue tracker: people are raising issues and nobody is even looking at them, apparently. –  Dean Harding Jan 23 '11 at 0:17
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I don't see any updates since 2007. That alone will keep people away.

I also suspect as we've gotten LINQ since it first came out, there's not a lot of folks looking for collections libraries anymore.

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I don't think it's LINQ - more like the built-in collections have eclipsed PowerCollections in their level of sophistication (i.e. HashSet<T> and System.Collections.Concurrent). There are only a handful of very niche classes in PowerCollections now that aren't already offered in the standard .NET library. –  Aaronaught Jan 18 '11 at 2:28
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@Aaronaught If they're aimed at very narrow niches, it's possible that the people who needed them in the first place are already/still using the library, but there's limited "new blood". –  Anna Lear Jan 18 '11 at 2:42
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