programming languages

Rank

C vs Ruby

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 354 out of 382 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  2. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    90% 10%
    C 285 out of 314 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    89% 11%
    C 331 out of 368 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  4. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    89% 11%
    C 332 out of 373 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    88% 12%
    C 277 out of 312 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  6. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    88% 12%
    C 176 out of 199 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  7. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    87% 13%
    C 286 out of 328 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  8. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    86% 14%
    C 72 out of 83 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  9. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    86% 14%
    C 227 out of 262 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 306 out of 354 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  11. This language has a strong static type system

    85% 15%
    C 322 out of 375 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  12. I use many applications written in this language

    83% 17%
    C 296 out of 356 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  13. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 226 out of 277 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  14. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    81% 19%
    C 300 out of 368 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  15. This language is minimal

    79% 21%
    C 262 out of 329 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  16. This is a mainstream language

    79% 21%
    C 152 out of 191 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  17. This language is good for scientific computing

    78% 22%
    C 276 out of 351 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  18. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 262 out of 339 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  19. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    77% 23%
    C 249 out of 323 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  20. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 267 out of 354 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  21. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 278 out of 372 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  22. This language has a high quality implementation

    73% 27%
    C 137 out of 186 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  23. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    73% 27%
    C 285 out of 389 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 234 out of 328 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  25. This language has an annoying syntax

    71% 29%
    C 142 out of 200 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  26. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    70% 30%
    C 94 out of 133 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  27. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    70% 30%
    C 183 out of 259 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  28. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    70% 30%
    C 237 out of 336 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  29. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    70% 30%
    C 240 out of 342 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  30. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    69% 31%
    C 171 out of 246 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  31. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    67% 33%
    C 107 out of 159 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  32. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    67% 33%
    C 242 out of 361 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  33. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 194 out of 290 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  34. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    65% 35%
    C 226 out of 344 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  35. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    65% 35%
    C 142 out of 217 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  36. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    64% 36%
    C 104 out of 162 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  37. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    62% 38%
    C 102 out of 163 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  38. I would use this language for mobile applications

    61% 39%
    C 227 out of 370 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  39. There are many good tools for this language

    59% 41%
    C 209 out of 354 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  40. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    58% 42%
    C 87 out of 149 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  41. This language is well documented

    58% 42%
    C 211 out of 362 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    58% 42%
    C 196 out of 337 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  43. This language excels at concurrency

    57% 43%
    C 191 out of 331 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  44. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    57% 43%
    C 164 out of 287 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  45. I know this language well

    56% 44%
    C 1990 out of 3509 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  46. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 217 out of 393 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  47. I would list this language on my resume

    55% 45%
    C 173 out of 314 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  48. I know many other people who use this language

    54% 46%
    C 201 out of 368 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 172 out of 321 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  50. This language has a very coherent design

    53% 47%
    C 170 out of 318 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

    52% 48%
    C 149 out of 284 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  52. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    51% 49%
    C 180 out of 351 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  53. This language has a niche in which it is great

    50% 50%
    C 179 out of 356 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  54. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    50% 50%
    C 173 out of 346 each for Ruby and C Ruby
  55. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    49% 51%
    C 174 out of 343 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  56. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    48% 52%
    C 190 out of 370 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  57. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    48% 52%
    C 171 out of 330 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    47% 53%
    C 176 out of 336 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  59. I would use this language for writing server programs

    46% 54%
    C 199 out of 372 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  60. This language is good for distributed computing

    45% 55%
    C 179 out of 331 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  61. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    45% 55%
    C 162 out of 299 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  62. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    44% 56%
    C 101 out of 182 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  63. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    44% 56%
    C 114 out of 205 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  64. This language is best for very large projects

    43% 57%
    C 194 out of 342 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  65. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    41% 59%
    C 203 out of 345 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  66. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    40% 60%
    C 180 out of 302 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  67. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    39% 61%
    C 153 out of 253 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 200 out of 329 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 56 out of 91 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 99 out of 160 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 257 out of 415 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  72. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    C 255 out of 409 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    37% 63%
    C 212 out of 338 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  74. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    37% 63%
    C 252 out of 400 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  75. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    36% 64%
    C 265 out of 418 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  76. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    36% 64%
    C 217 out of 340 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  77. I usually use this language on solo projects

    34% 66%
    C 236 out of 360 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  78. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    33% 67%
    C 206 out of 312 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  79. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    33% 67%
    C 185 out of 278 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  80. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    32% 68%
    C 252 out of 371 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  81. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 258 out of 379 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  82. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    30% 70%
    C 200 out of 286 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  83. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    28% 72%
    C 173 out of 243 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  84. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    28% 72%
    C 269 out of 377 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    28% 72%
    C 127 out of 177 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  86. This language is good for beginners

    28% 72%
    C 262 out of 364 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  87. This language has a good community

    26% 74%
    C 266 out of 364 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  88. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    C 232 out of 316 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  89. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    26% 74%
    C 134 out of 182 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  90. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    25% 75%
    C 211 out of 285 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  91. I enjoy using this language

    25% 75%
    C 290 out of 390 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  92. This language is large

    25% 75%
    C 216 out of 288 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  93. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    24% 76%
    C 151 out of 199 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  94. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    22% 78%
    C 267 out of 345 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  95. This language is best for very small projects

    22% 78%
    C 264 out of 341 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  96. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    22% 78%
    C 242 out of 311 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  97. I find code written in this language very elegant

    21% 79%
    C 306 out of 388 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  98. Code written in this language is very readable

    20% 80%
    C 301 out of 378 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  99. This language is very flexible

    18% 82%
    C 314 out of 383 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  100. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    17% 83%
    C 256 out of 310 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  101. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    16% 84%
    C 212 out of 253 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  102. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    15% 85%
    C 166 out of 196 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  103. This language excels at text processing

    13% 87%
    C 293 out of 340 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  104. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    C 320 out of 369 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    13% 87%
    C 146 out of 168 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  106. I find this language easy to prototype in

    10% 90%
    C 333 out of 373 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  107. I would use this language for a web project

    10% 90%
    C 340 out of 378 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  108. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    9% 91%
    C 295 out of 326 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  109. This is a high level language

    7% 93%
    C 361 out of 392 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  110. I would use this language for casual scripting

    7% 93%
    C 335 out of 363 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  111. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    5% 95%
    C 168 out of 177 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.