programming languages

Rank

C vs Clojure

  1. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    95% 5%
    C 112 out of 117 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  2. This is a mainstream language

    95% 5%
    C 76 out of 80 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  3. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    94% 6%
    C 73 out of 77 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  4. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 145 out of 153 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  5. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    92% 8%
    C 52 out of 56 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  6. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    92% 8%
    C 107 out of 116 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  7. I use many applications written in this language

    91% 9%
    C 149 out of 162 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  8. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    90% 10%
    C 150 out of 166 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  9. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    89% 11%
    C 147 out of 164 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  10. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    89% 11%
    C 128 out of 143 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  11. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    87% 13%
    C 147 out of 168 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  12. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    86% 14%
    C 32 out of 37 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  13. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    86% 14%
    C 81 out of 94 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  14. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    85% 15%
    C 118 out of 138 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  15. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    85% 15%
    C 108 out of 127 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  16. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    83% 17%
    C 107 out of 128 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  17. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    83% 17%
    C 90 out of 108 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  18. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    83% 17%
    C 104 out of 125 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  19. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    82% 18%
    C 131 out of 158 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  20. I know many other people who use this language

    81% 19%
    C 128 out of 158 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  21. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    80% 20%
    C 113 out of 141 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  22. This language has a strong static type system

    79% 21%
    C 131 out of 164 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  23. This language has an annoying syntax

    77% 23%
    C 67 out of 86 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  24. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    75% 25%
    C 102 out of 135 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  25. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    74% 26%
    C 104 out of 140 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  26. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    74% 26%
    C 78 out of 105 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  27. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    73% 27%
    C 42 out of 57 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  28. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    72% 28%
    C 75 out of 104 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  29. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    71% 29%
    C 105 out of 146 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  30. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 54 out of 78 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  31. This language is good for numeric computing

    68% 32%
    C 83 out of 122 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  32. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    66% 34%
    C 99 out of 150 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  33. I know this language well

    64% 36%
    C 832 out of 1296 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    64% 36%
    C 89 out of 139 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  35. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    63% 37%
    C 105 out of 165 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  36. There are many good tools for this language

    63% 37%
    C 92 out of 145 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  37. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    62% 38%
    C 95 out of 152 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  38. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    61% 39%
    C 107 out of 174 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  39. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    61% 39%
    C 91 out of 149 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  40. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    60% 40%
    C 99 out of 163 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  41. This language is good for scientific computing

    60% 40%
    C 83 out of 138 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  42. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    58% 42%
    C 81 out of 139 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  43. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 85 out of 148 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  44. This language is minimal

    57% 43%
    C 79 out of 138 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  45. This language is well documented

    56% 44%
    C 82 out of 145 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  46. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    54% 46%
    C 56 out of 102 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  47. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    51% 49%
    C 65 out of 127 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  48. I would use this language for mobile applications

    50% 50%
    C 74 out of 148 each for Clojure and C Clojure
  49. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    49% 51%
    C 39 out of 77 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  50. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    49% 51%
    C 63 out of 124 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  51. This language has a very dogmatic community

    48% 52%
    C 74 out of 145 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  52. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    48% 52%
    C 78 out of 151 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  53. This language has a niche in which it is great

    48% 52%
    C 78 out of 151 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  54. This language is good for beginners

    46% 54%
    C 94 out of 176 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  55. This language is large

    46% 54%
    C 69 out of 129 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  56. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    46% 54%
    C 22 out of 41 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  57. I would list this language on my resume

    45% 55%
    C 73 out of 135 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  58. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    45% 55%
    C 82 out of 151 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  59. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    44% 56%
    C 70 out of 127 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  60. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    43% 57%
    C 42 out of 75 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  61. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    42% 58%
    C 48 out of 84 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  62. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    42% 58%
    C 40 out of 69 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  63. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    37% 63%
    C 34 out of 54 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  64. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    36% 64%
    C 87 out of 136 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  65. I regularly use this language

    35% 65%
    C 113 out of 175 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  66. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    35% 65%
    C 46 out of 71 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  67. This language is best for very small projects

    33% 67%
    C 94 out of 142 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  68. This language is best for very large projects

    33% 67%
    C 92 out of 138 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  69. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    33% 67%
    C 77 out of 115 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  70. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    31% 69%
    C 110 out of 161 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  71. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    31% 69%
    C 63 out of 92 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  72. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    30% 70%
    C 110 out of 159 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  73. This language has a very coherent design

    29% 71%
    C 96 out of 137 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  74. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    29% 71%
    C 89 out of 127 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  75. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    29% 71%
    C 116 out of 165 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  76. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    28% 72%
    C 108 out of 150 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  77. I would use this language for writing server programs

    27% 73%
    C 119 out of 165 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  78. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    27% 73%
    C 66 out of 91 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  79. I usually use this language on solo projects

    25% 75%
    C 108 out of 144 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  80. Code written in this language is very readable

    24% 76%
    C 117 out of 155 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  81. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    24% 76%
    C 117 out of 155 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  82. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 111 out of 145 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  83. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    23% 77%
    C 95 out of 124 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  84. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    23% 77%
    C 105 out of 137 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  85. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    22% 78%
    C 58 out of 75 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  86. I enjoy using this language

    22% 78%
    C 131 out of 169 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  87. This language is very flexible

    21% 79%
    C 117 out of 149 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  88. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    21% 79%
    C 93 out of 118 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  89. I use this language out of choice

    21% 79%
    C 112 out of 142 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  90. This language has a good community

    20% 80%
    C 118 out of 149 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  91. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    20% 80%
    C 118 out of 148 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  92. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    19% 81%
    C 61 out of 76 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  93. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    18% 82%
    C 90 out of 111 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  94. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    18% 82%
    C 57 out of 70 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  95. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    18% 82%
    C 68 out of 83 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  96. This language excels at text processing

    17% 83%
    C 119 out of 145 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  97. I would use this language for casual scripting

    17% 83%
    C 128 out of 155 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  98. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    16% 84%
    C 127 out of 153 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  99. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    14% 86%
    C 65 out of 76 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  100. This language is good for distributed computing

    14% 86%
    C 119 out of 139 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  101. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    13% 87%
    C 124 out of 144 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  102. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    12% 88%
    C 152 out of 174 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  103. I find this language easy to prototype in

    12% 88%
    C 139 out of 159 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  104. This language excels at concurrency

    10% 90%
    C 143 out of 160 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  105. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    10% 90%
    C 123 out of 137 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  106. I find code written in this language very elegant

    9% 91%
    C 159 out of 176 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  107. I would use this language for a web project

    8% 92%
    C 151 out of 165 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  108. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    8% 92%
    C 111 out of 121 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  109. This language is expressive

    7% 93%
    C 151 out of 164 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  110. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    7% 93%
    C 62 out of 67 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 151 out of 161 picked Clojure over C Clojure

What's going on here?

The absolute rankings are interesting for large scale comparisons but when you want to know about two specific languages it's much more informative to look at how the two fare when they go directly head to head.

Here are all the statements which we've got enough comparisons between C and Clojure to be meaningful and which of the two our users picked.

The order in which we're presenting them is a little arbitrary (sorry), but we've tried to put the things which they're both good at first so as to give you the most interesting picture of it.