programming languages

Rank

C vs Ruby

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 373 out of 401 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  2. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    91% 9%
    C 300 out of 329 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    89% 11%
    C 347 out of 387 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  4. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    89% 11%
    C 348 out of 391 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    88% 12%
    C 294 out of 331 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  6. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    87% 13%
    C 305 out of 350 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  7. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

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

    86% 14%
    C 242 out of 279 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  9. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    86% 14%
    C 190 out of 220 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  10. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 338 out of 392 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  11. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    86% 14%
    C 320 out of 372 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  12. I use many applications written in this language

    82% 18%
    C 307 out of 372 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  13. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 244 out of 299 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  14. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    81% 19%
    C 312 out of 385 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  15. This language is minimal

    79% 21%
    C 279 out of 350 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  16. This language is good for scientific computing

    78% 22%
    C 290 out of 370 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  17. This is a mainstream language

    78% 22%
    C 165 out of 211 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  18. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 273 out of 351 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  19. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    76% 24%
    C 260 out of 338 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  20. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 276 out of 368 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  21. This language has a high quality implementation

    74% 26%
    C 155 out of 208 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  22. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 291 out of 393 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  23. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    73% 27%
    C 298 out of 407 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  24. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    71% 29%
    C 248 out of 349 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  25. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    70% 30%
    C 245 out of 346 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    70% 30%
    C 250 out of 354 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  27. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    70% 30%
    C 192 out of 272 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  28. This language has an annoying syntax

    69% 31%
    C 153 out of 220 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 104 out of 150 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  30. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    68% 32%
    C 179 out of 261 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  31. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    68% 32%
    C 262 out of 384 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  32. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    68% 32%
    C 118 out of 173 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  33. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 204 out of 309 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  34. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 237 out of 365 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  35. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    64% 36%
    C 155 out of 239 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  36. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    64% 36%
    C 116 out of 180 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 114 out of 180 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  38. I would use this language for mobile applications

    61% 39%
    C 237 out of 388 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  39. There are many good tools for this language

    58% 42%
    C 217 out of 368 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  40. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    58% 42%
    C 204 out of 347 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  41. This language excels at concurrency

    58% 42%
    C 202 out of 347 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  42. This language is well documented

    57% 43%
    C 216 out of 374 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  43. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    57% 43%
    C 94 out of 164 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  44. I know this language well

    56% 44%
    C 2091 out of 3692 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  45. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    56% 44%
    C 172 out of 305 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  46. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 231 out of 416 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  47. I would list this language on my resume

    55% 45%
    C 183 out of 332 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  48. I know many other people who use this language

    54% 46%
    C 210 out of 382 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  49. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 183 out of 337 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  50. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    53% 47%
    C 180 out of 335 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  51. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    50% 50%
    C 186 out of 365 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  52. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    50% 50%
    C 153 out of 301 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  53. This language has a niche in which it is great

    50% 50%
    C 188 out of 371 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  54. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    50% 50%
    C 183 out of 362 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  55. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    49% 51%
    C 183 out of 361 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  56. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    48% 52%
    C 182 out of 353 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  57. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    47% 53%
    C 204 out of 392 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    47% 53%
    C 184 out of 353 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  59. This language is good for distributed computing

    46% 54%
    C 187 out of 348 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  60. I would use this language for writing server programs

    46% 54%
    C 213 out of 395 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  61. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    45% 55%
    C 123 out of 224 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  62. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    45% 55%
    C 173 out of 315 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  63. This language is best for very large projects

    43% 57%
    C 203 out of 360 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  64. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    43% 57%
    C 112 out of 198 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  65. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    41% 59%
    C 214 out of 364 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  66. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    40% 60%
    C 186 out of 312 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  67. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    39% 61%
    C 161 out of 267 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  68. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    39% 61%
    C 107 out of 177 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  69. 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 209 out of 345 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  70. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    39% 61%
    C 61 out of 100 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 267 out of 431 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  72. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    C 267 out of 428 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    37% 63%
    C 220 out of 352 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  74. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    37% 63%
    C 262 out of 419 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  75. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    36% 64%
    C 280 out of 439 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  76. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    35% 65%
    C 230 out of 358 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  77. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    35% 65%
    C 213 out of 328 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  78. I usually use this language on solo projects

    34% 66%
    C 246 out of 375 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  79. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    33% 67%
    C 197 out of 297 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  80. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    32% 68%
    C 262 out of 386 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  81. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 276 out of 402 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  82. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    29% 71%
    C 215 out of 306 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  83. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    28% 72%
    C 279 out of 391 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 181 out of 253 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    28% 72%
    C 136 out of 190 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  86. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    28% 72%
    C 143 out of 199 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  87. This language is good for beginners

    28% 72%
    C 276 out of 384 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  88. This language has a good community

    27% 73%
    C 280 out of 384 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  89. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    26% 74%
    C 223 out of 304 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  90. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    C 248 out of 338 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  91. I enjoy using this language

    25% 75%
    C 302 out of 408 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  92. This language is large

    25% 75%
    C 230 out of 310 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  93. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    24% 76%
    C 165 out of 219 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  94. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    22% 78%
    C 278 out of 359 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  95. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    22% 78%
    C 252 out of 325 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  96. This language is best for very small projects

    21% 79%
    C 279 out of 357 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  97. I find code written in this language very elegant

    21% 79%
    C 323 out of 412 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  98. Code written in this language is very readable

    21% 79%
    C 309 out of 392 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  99. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    18% 82%
    C 263 out of 323 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  100. This language is very flexible

    18% 82%
    C 327 out of 400 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  101. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    16% 84%
    C 178 out of 213 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    15% 85%
    C 224 out of 265 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  103. This language excels at text processing

    14% 86%
    C 303 out of 354 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  104. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    C 332 out of 384 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    13% 87%
    C 160 out of 184 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  106. I find this language easy to prototype in

    11% 89%
    C 343 out of 388 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  107. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    10% 90%
    C 310 out of 345 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  108. I would use this language for a web project

    10% 90%
    C 355 out of 395 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  109. I would use this language for casual scripting

    8% 92%
    C 349 out of 381 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  110. This is a high level language

    7% 93%
    C 373 out of 405 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  111. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    6% 94%
    C 181 out of 194 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.