programming languages

Rank

C vs Ruby

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 369 out of 397 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  2. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    91% 9%
    C 295 out of 324 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    89% 11%
    C 339 out of 379 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  4. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    89% 11%
    C 343 out of 385 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    88% 12%
    C 287 out of 323 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  6. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    87% 13%
    C 184 out of 211 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  7. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    87% 13%
    C 298 out of 342 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  8. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    86% 14%
    C 237 out of 273 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  9. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    86% 14%
    C 72 out of 83 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  10. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    86% 14%
    C 314 out of 365 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  11. This language has a strong static type system

    85% 15%
    C 329 out of 383 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  12. I use many applications written in this language

    82% 18%
    C 302 out of 366 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  13. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 236 out of 290 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  14. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    81% 19%
    C 310 out of 382 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  15. This language is minimal

    79% 21%
    C 270 out of 341 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  16. This language is good for scientific computing

    78% 22%
    C 285 out of 362 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  17. This is a mainstream language

    78% 22%
    C 162 out of 207 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  18. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 269 out of 347 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  19. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    76% 24%
    C 255 out of 332 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  20. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 272 out of 362 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  21. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    73% 27%
    C 284 out of 384 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  22. This language has a high quality implementation

    73% 27%
    C 147 out of 200 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  23. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    73% 27%
    C 291 out of 398 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  24. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    71% 29%
    C 242 out of 340 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  25. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    70% 30%
    C 243 out of 343 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    70% 30%
    C 246 out of 349 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  27. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    70% 30%
    C 188 out of 267 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  28. This language has an annoying syntax

    70% 30%
    C 149 out of 212 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  29. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    69% 31%
    C 101 out of 145 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  30. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    69% 31%
    C 177 out of 256 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  31. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    67% 33%
    C 255 out of 376 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  32. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    67% 33%
    C 112 out of 166 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  33. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 200 out of 301 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  34. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    65% 35%
    C 151 out of 232 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  35. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    64% 36%
    C 114 out of 176 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  36. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 231 out of 358 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  37. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    63% 37%
    C 110 out of 174 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  38. I would use this language for mobile applications

    61% 39%
    C 233 out of 381 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  39. There are many good tools for this language

    58% 42%
    C 213 out of 363 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  40. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    58% 42%
    C 201 out of 344 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  41. This language excels at concurrency

    57% 43%
    C 198 out of 342 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  42. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    57% 43%
    C 91 out of 158 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  43. This language is well documented

    57% 43%
    C 213 out of 370 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  44. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    57% 43%
    C 171 out of 298 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  45. I know this language well

    56% 44%
    C 2040 out of 3604 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  46. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 228 out of 412 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  47. I would list this language on my resume

    55% 45%
    C 180 out of 326 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  48. I know many other people who use this language

    54% 46%
    C 206 out of 378 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  49. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    53% 47%
    C 178 out of 332 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  50. This language has a very coherent design

    53% 47%
    C 175 out of 328 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  51. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    51% 49%
    C 153 out of 296 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  52. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    50% 50%
    C 183 out of 360 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  53. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    50% 50%
    C 181 out of 357 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  54. This language has a niche in which it is great

    50% 50%
    C 186 out of 368 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  55. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    49% 51%
    C 181 out of 356 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  56. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    47% 53%
    C 179 out of 344 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  57. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    47% 53%
    C 199 out of 382 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    47% 53%
    C 182 out of 348 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  59. I would use this language for writing server programs

    46% 54%
    C 208 out of 386 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  60. This language is good for distributed computing

    45% 55%
    C 186 out of 344 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  61. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    45% 55%
    C 167 out of 307 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  62. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    44% 56%
    C 120 out of 217 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  63. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    43% 57%
    C 108 out of 191 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  64. This language is best for very large projects

    43% 57%
    C 201 out of 354 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  65. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    41% 59%
    C 211 out of 359 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  66. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    40% 60%
    C 183 out of 308 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  67. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    40% 60%
    C 156 out of 260 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  68. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    39% 61%
    C 207 out of 340 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  69. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    38% 62%
    C 60 out of 98 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  70. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    38% 62%
    C 106 out of 173 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    37% 63%
    C 263 out of 424 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  72. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    C 262 out of 419 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  73. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    37% 63%
    C 258 out of 411 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    37% 63%
    C 217 out of 345 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  75. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    36% 64%
    C 274 out of 431 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  76. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    35% 65%
    C 227 out of 353 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  77. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    34% 66%
    C 213 out of 324 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  78. I usually use this language on solo projects

    33% 67%
    C 245 out of 371 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  79. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    33% 67%
    C 193 out of 290 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  80. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    31% 69%
    C 259 out of 379 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  81. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 270 out of 395 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  82. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    30% 70%
    C 207 out of 298 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  83. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    28% 72%
    C 133 out of 187 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  84. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    28% 72%
    C 179 out of 250 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  85. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    28% 72%
    C 276 out of 385 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  86. This language is good for beginners

    28% 72%
    C 272 out of 378 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  87. This language has a good community

    27% 73%
    C 273 out of 374 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  88. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    26% 74%
    C 141 out of 193 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  89. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    C 242 out of 330 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  90. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    26% 74%
    C 217 out of 294 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  91. I enjoy using this language

    25% 75%
    C 297 out of 401 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  92. This language is large

    25% 75%
    C 225 out of 302 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  93. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    24% 76%
    C 161 out of 212 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  94. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    22% 78%
    C 273 out of 353 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  95. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    22% 78%
    C 249 out of 320 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  96. This language is best for very small projects

    21% 79%
    C 276 out of 353 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  97. I find code written in this language very elegant

    21% 79%
    C 319 out of 405 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  98. Code written in this language is very readable

    20% 80%
    C 307 out of 387 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  99. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    18% 82%
    C 262 out of 320 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  100. This language is very flexible

    18% 82%
    C 321 out of 392 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  101. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    16% 84%
    C 172 out of 206 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    15% 85%
    C 220 out of 261 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  103. This language excels at text processing

    14% 86%
    C 301 out of 350 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  104. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    C 331 out of 382 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    12% 88%
    C 158 out of 181 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  106. I find this language easy to prototype in

    11% 89%
    C 339 out of 382 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  107. I would use this language for a web project

    10% 90%
    C 350 out of 389 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  108. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    9% 91%
    C 306 out of 339 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  109. I would use this language for casual scripting

    8% 92%
    C 347 out of 378 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  110. This is a high level language

    7% 93%
    C 372 out of 403 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  111. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    5% 95%
    C 176 out of 187 picked Ruby over C Ruby

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 Ruby 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.