programming languages

Rank

C vs Clojure

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

    96% 4%
    C 84 out of 87 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  2. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    94% 6%
    C 48 out of 51 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  3. This is a mainstream language

    94% 6%
    C 48 out of 51 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  4. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 121 out of 129 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  5. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    93% 7%
    C 30 out of 32 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  6. I use many applications written in this language

    93% 7%
    C 133 out of 143 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    90% 10%
    C 87 out of 96 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  8. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    89% 11%
    C 124 out of 138 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  9. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    89% 11%
    C 102 out of 114 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  10. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    88% 12%
    C 127 out of 143 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    86% 14%
    C 84 out of 97 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. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 122 out of 142 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  14. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    85% 15%
    C 66 out of 77 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  15. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    84% 16%
    C 90 out of 106 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  16. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    84% 16%
    C 102 out of 121 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  17. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    84% 16%
    C 117 out of 139 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  18. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    84% 16%
    C 69 out of 82 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  19. This language has an annoying syntax

    82% 18%
    C 42 out of 51 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  20. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    81% 19%
    C 86 out of 105 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  21. I know many other people who use this language

    81% 19%
    C 112 out of 138 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  22. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    80% 20%
    C 99 out of 123 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  23. This language has a strong static type system

    78% 22%
    C 110 out of 141 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  24. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    75% 25%
    C 89 out of 118 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  25. 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 67 out of 90 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  26. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    74% 26%
    C 61 out of 82 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  27. This language has a high quality implementation

    73% 27%
    C 39 out of 53 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  28. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    72% 28%
    C 91 out of 125 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  29. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    72% 28%
    C 88 out of 122 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  30. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    71% 29%
    C 25 out of 35 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  31. This language is good for numeric computing

    69% 31%
    C 69 out of 99 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  32. I know this language well

    66% 34%
    C 661 out of 999 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  33. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    65% 35%
    C 85 out of 130 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    64% 36%
    C 76 out of 117 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  35. There are many good tools for this language

    64% 36%
    C 81 out of 126 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  36. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    63% 37%
    C 88 out of 139 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  37. This language is good for scientific computing

    63% 37%
    C 75 out of 119 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  38. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    62% 38%
    C 92 out of 147 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  39. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    62% 38%
    C 83 out of 133 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  40. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    61% 39%
    C 87 out of 142 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  41. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    60% 40%
    C 73 out of 120 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  42. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    60% 40%
    C 79 out of 131 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  43. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    58% 42%
    C 73 out of 124 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  44. This language is well documented

    57% 43%
    C 68 out of 119 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  45. This language is minimal

    56% 44%
    C 62 out of 109 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  46. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    54% 46%
    C 47 out of 86 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  47. I would use this language for mobile applications

    53% 47%
    C 66 out of 123 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  48. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    53% 47%
    C 53 out of 99 picked C over Clojure Clojure
  49. This language has a very dogmatic community

    50% 50%
    C 61 out of 122 each for Clojure and C Clojure
  50. This language has a niche in which it is great

    49% 51%
    C 67 out of 132 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  51. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    49% 51%
    C 27 out of 53 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  52. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    48% 52%
    C 48 out of 94 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  53. I would list this language on my resume

    48% 52%
    C 57 out of 110 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  54. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    47% 53%
    C 63 out of 121 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  55. This language is good for beginners

    47% 53%
    C 78 out of 148 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  56. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    47% 53%
    C 27 out of 51 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  57. This language is large

    46% 54%
    C 54 out of 101 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  58. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    45% 55%
    C 26 out of 48 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  59. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    45% 55%
    C 58 out of 107 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  60. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    44% 56%
    C 15 out of 27 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  61. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    43% 57%
    C 71 out of 126 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.

    38% 62%
    C 27 out of 44 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  63. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    C 89 out of 142 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 75 out of 118 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  65. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    33% 67%
    C 62 out of 93 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  66. This language is best for very small projects

    32% 68%
    C 82 out of 122 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  67. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    32% 68%
    C 52 out of 77 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  68. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    32% 68%
    C 21 out of 31 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  69. This language is best for very large projects

    32% 68%
    C 80 out of 118 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  70. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    31% 69%
    C 33 out of 48 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    30% 70%
    C 94 out of 135 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  72. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    30% 70%
    C 97 out of 139 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    29% 71%
    C 87 out of 124 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  74. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    29% 71%
    C 95 out of 135 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  75. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    28% 72%
    C 35 out of 49 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  76. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    28% 72%
    C 41 out of 57 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  77. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    27% 73%
    C 70 out of 96 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  78. I would use this language for writing server programs

    26% 74%
    C 98 out of 134 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  79. This language has a very coherent design

    26% 74%
    C 79 out of 108 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  80. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    26% 74%
    C 74 out of 101 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  81. I usually use this language on solo projects

    25% 75%
    C 91 out of 122 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  82. Code written in this language is very readable

    24% 76%
    C 103 out of 137 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  83. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    24% 76%
    C 98 out of 130 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  84. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    24% 76%
    C 37 out of 49 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  85. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    24% 76%
    C 75 out of 99 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  86. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    24% 76%
    C 41 out of 54 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  87. I enjoy using this language

    23% 77%
    C 111 out of 145 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  88. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    22% 78%
    C 91 out of 118 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  89. This language is very flexible

    22% 78%
    C 99 out of 127 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  90. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    21% 79%
    C 36 out of 46 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  91. I use this language out of choice

    20% 80%
    C 87 out of 110 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  92. This language has a good community

    20% 80%
    C 103 out of 130 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  93. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    20% 80%
    C 66 out of 83 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  94. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    20% 80%
    C 86 out of 108 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  95. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    20% 80%
    C 99 out of 124 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  96. This language excels at text processing

    19% 81%
    C 106 out of 131 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  97. I would use this language for casual scripting

    18% 82%
    C 109 out of 133 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  98. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    17% 83%
    C 106 out of 129 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  99. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    15% 85%
    C 37 out of 44 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  100. This language is good for distributed computing

    15% 85%
    C 102 out of 120 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  101. I find this language easy to prototype in

    14% 86%
    C 115 out of 134 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  102. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    14% 86%
    C 109 out of 127 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  103. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    13% 87%
    C 126 out of 145 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  104. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    12% 88%
    C 34 out of 39 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  105. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    11% 89%
    C 98 out of 111 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  106. This language excels at concurrency

    11% 89%
    C 122 out of 138 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  107. I would use this language for a web project

    9% 91%
    C 124 out of 137 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  108. This language is expressive

    9% 91%
    C 125 out of 138 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  109. I find code written in this language very elegant

    7% 93%
    C 127 out of 138 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  110. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    7% 93%
    C 88 out of 95 picked Clojure over C Clojure
  111. This is a high level language

    5% 95%
    C 126 out of 134 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.