programming languages

Rank

C vs Ruby

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 358 out of 386 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  2. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    90% 10%
    C 286 out of 315 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    90% 10%
    C 334 out of 371 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  4. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    89% 11%
    C 336 out of 377 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    88% 12%
    C 280 out of 315 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  6. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    88% 12%
    C 176 out of 200 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  7. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    87% 13%
    C 289 out of 331 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 229 out of 264 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 307 out of 355 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  11. This language has a strong static type system

    85% 15%
    C 324 out of 377 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  12. I use many applications written in this language

    83% 17%
    C 297 out of 357 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  13. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 228 out of 280 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  14. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    81% 19%
    C 302 out of 371 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  15. This language is minimal

    79% 21%
    C 263 out of 331 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  16. This is a mainstream language

    78% 22%
    C 154 out of 196 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  17. This language is good for scientific computing

    78% 22%
    C 277 out of 354 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  18. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 263 out of 340 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  19. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    77% 23%
    C 251 out of 325 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  20. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 268 out of 355 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  21. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 281 out of 376 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  22. This language has a high quality implementation

    73% 27%
    C 140 out of 191 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  23. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    73% 27%
    C 286 out of 391 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 238 out of 332 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  25. 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 96 out of 135 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  26. This language has an annoying syntax

    70% 30%
    C 144 out of 203 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  27. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    70% 30%
    C 184 out of 260 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  28. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    70% 30%
    C 238 out of 338 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  29. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    69% 31%
    C 240 out of 343 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  30. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    69% 31%
    C 172 out of 248 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  31. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    67% 33%
    C 108 out of 161 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  32. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    67% 33%
    C 244 out of 364 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  33. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 195 out of 293 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 144 out of 221 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  35. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    65% 35%
    C 226 out of 347 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  36. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    64% 36%
    C 106 out of 165 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 103 out of 164 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  38. I would use this language for mobile applications

    61% 39%
    C 228 out of 372 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  39. There are many good tools for this language

    58% 42%
    C 210 out of 356 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  40. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    58% 42%
    C 88 out of 151 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  41. This language is well documented

    58% 42%
    C 212 out of 364 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 192 out of 332 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  44. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    57% 43%
    C 165 out of 288 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  45. I know this language well

    56% 44%
    C 2011 out of 3548 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  46. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 220 out of 399 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  47. I would list this language on my resume

    55% 45%
    C 174 out of 316 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  48. I know many other people who use this language

    54% 46%
    C 201 out of 369 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 174 out of 325 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  50. This language has a very coherent design

    53% 47%
    C 170 out of 320 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 150 out of 287 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  52. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    51% 49%
    C 181 out of 353 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  53. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    50% 50%
    C 175 out of 348 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  54. This language has a niche in which it is great

    50% 50%
    C 180 out of 358 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  55. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    49% 51%
    C 176 out of 346 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  56. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    48% 52%
    C 173 out of 335 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  57. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    48% 52%
    C 193 out of 373 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    47% 53%
    C 177 out of 338 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  59. I would use this language for writing server programs

    46% 54%
    C 202 out of 376 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  60. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    45% 55%
    C 163 out of 301 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  61. This language is good for distributed computing

    45% 55%
    C 181 out of 333 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  62. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    44% 56%
    C 102 out of 184 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  63. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    43% 57%
    C 118 out of 209 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  64. This language is best for very large projects

    43% 57%
    C 195 out of 344 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  65. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    41% 59%
    C 205 out of 348 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 254 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.

    38% 62%
    C 99 out of 162 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

    38% 62%
    C 203 out of 332 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).

    38% 62%
    C 56 out of 91 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 257 out of 416 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  72. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    C 257 out of 412 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    37% 63%
    C 213 out of 340 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  74. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    36% 64%
    C 253 out of 401 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  75. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    36% 64%
    C 266 out of 420 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  76. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    36% 64%
    C 219 out of 343 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  77. I usually use this language on solo projects

    34% 66%
    C 239 out of 363 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  78. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    33% 67%
    C 208 out of 314 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  79. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    33% 67%
    C 186 out of 279 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  80. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    31% 69%
    C 253 out of 372 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  81. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 262 out of 383 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  82. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    30% 70%
    C 202 out of 289 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 174 out of 244 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  84. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    28% 72%
    C 271 out of 379 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    28% 72%
    C 128 out of 179 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  86. This language is good for beginners

    27% 73%
    C 265 out of 368 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  87. This language has a good community

    26% 74%
    C 268 out of 366 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  88. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    C 235 out of 319 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  89. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    26% 74%
    C 136 out of 184 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  90. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    25% 75%
    C 212 out of 286 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  91. I enjoy using this language

    25% 75%
    C 293 out of 393 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  92. This language is large

    25% 75%
    C 218 out of 292 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  93. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    23% 77%
    C 153 out of 201 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  94. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    22% 78%
    C 269 out of 347 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  95. This language is best for very small projects

    22% 78%
    C 267 out of 344 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  96. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    22% 78%
    C 243 out of 313 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  97. I find code written in this language very elegant

    21% 79%
    C 309 out of 392 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  98. Code written in this language is very readable

    20% 80%
    C 302 out of 379 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  99. This language is very flexible

    17% 83%
    C 315 out of 384 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  100. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    17% 83%
    C 258 out of 313 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  101. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    16% 84%
    C 213 out of 254 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  102. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    15% 85%
    C 169 out of 200 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  103. This language excels at text processing

    13% 87%
    C 294 out of 341 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  104. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    C 322 out of 371 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    12% 88%
    C 149 out of 171 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  106. I find this language easy to prototype in

    10% 90%
    C 334 out of 374 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  107. I would use this language for a web project

    9% 91%
    C 343 out of 381 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  108. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    9% 91%
    C 298 out of 329 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  109. I would use this language for casual scripting

    7% 93%
    C 338 out of 367 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  110. This is a high level language

    7% 93%
    C 364 out of 395 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  111. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    5% 95%
    C 169 out of 178 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.