programming languages

Rank

C vs Ruby

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 364 out of 392 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  2. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    90% 10%
    C 291 out of 320 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    89% 11%
    C 337 out of 377 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  4. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    89% 11%
    C 341 out of 382 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    89% 11%
    C 285 out of 320 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  6. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    87% 13%
    C 295 out of 338 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  7. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    86% 14%
    C 180 out of 207 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 233 out of 269 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 313 out of 363 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  11. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 326 out of 379 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  12. I use many applications written in this language

    82% 18%
    C 300 out of 362 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  13. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 233 out of 286 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  14. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    81% 19%
    C 307 out of 378 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  15. This language is minimal

    79% 21%
    C 269 out of 337 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  16. This language is good for scientific computing

    78% 22%
    C 282 out of 359 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  17. This is a mainstream language

    78% 22%
    C 160 out of 204 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  18. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 266 out of 343 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  19. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    77% 23%
    C 253 out of 327 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  20. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    74% 26%
    C 269 out of 359 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  21. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 282 out of 381 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  22. This language has a high quality implementation

    73% 27%
    C 145 out of 197 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  23. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    73% 27%
    C 289 out of 395 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 241 out of 338 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  25. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    70% 30%
    C 186 out of 263 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  26. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    70% 30%
    C 241 out of 341 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  27. This language has an annoying syntax

    70% 30%
    C 147 out of 208 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  28. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    70% 30%
    C 243 out of 346 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 97 out of 139 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  30. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    68% 32%
    C 173 out of 252 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  31. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    67% 33%
    C 250 out of 371 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  32. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    67% 33%
    C 110 out of 164 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  33. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 198 out of 297 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 149 out of 227 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  35. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 229 out of 354 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  36. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    63% 37%
    C 109 out of 171 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 108 out of 171 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  38. I would use this language for mobile applications

    61% 39%
    C 231 out of 377 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  39. There are many good tools for this language

    58% 42%
    C 212 out of 360 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  40. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    58% 42%
    C 199 out of 341 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  41. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    58% 42%
    C 90 out of 155 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  42. This language is well documented

    57% 43%
    C 213 out of 368 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  43. This language excels at concurrency

    57% 43%
    C 195 out of 337 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  44. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    56% 44%
    C 166 out of 293 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  45. I know this language well

    56% 44%
    C 2025 out of 3579 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  46. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    54% 46%
    C 223 out of 406 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  47. I would list this language on my resume

    54% 46%
    C 176 out of 321 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  48. I know many other people who use this language

    54% 46%
    C 205 out of 374 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 177 out of 330 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  50. This language has a very coherent design

    53% 47%
    C 173 out of 324 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 151 out of 292 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  52. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    51% 49%
    C 183 out of 357 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  53. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    50% 50%
    C 179 out of 353 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  54. This language has a niche in which it is great

    50% 50%
    C 183 out of 363 picked C over Ruby Ruby
  55. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    49% 51%
    C 178 out of 351 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  56. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    48% 52%
    C 176 out of 340 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  57. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    48% 52%
    C 196 out of 378 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    47% 53%
    C 179 out of 344 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  59. I would use this language for writing server programs

    46% 54%
    C 206 out of 383 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  60. This language is good for distributed computing

    46% 54%
    C 183 out of 339 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  61. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    45% 55%
    C 165 out of 304 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  62. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    44% 56%
    C 105 out of 188 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  63. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    44% 56%
    C 119 out of 213 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  64. This language is best for very large projects

    43% 57%
    C 198 out of 350 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  65. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    41% 59%
    C 208 out of 353 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  66. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    40% 60%
    C 182 out of 305 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  67. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    39% 61%
    C 155 out of 257 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 103 out of 170 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 205 out of 338 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 260 out of 421 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  71. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    C 259 out of 416 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  72. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    37% 63%
    C 58 out of 93 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  73. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    37% 63%
    C 256 out of 407 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    37% 63%
    C 216 out of 343 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  75. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    36% 64%
    C 271 out of 426 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  76. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    36% 64%
    C 223 out of 349 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  77. I usually use this language on solo projects

    34% 66%
    C 242 out of 367 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  78. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    33% 67%
    C 211 out of 319 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  79. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    33% 67%
    C 191 out of 287 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  80. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    31% 69%
    C 256 out of 376 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  81. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 266 out of 390 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  82. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    30% 70%
    C 205 out of 293 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 176 out of 246 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    28% 72%
    C 131 out of 183 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  85. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    28% 72%
    C 273 out of 381 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  86. This language is good for beginners

    28% 72%
    C 268 out of 374 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  87. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    27% 73%
    C 137 out of 189 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  88. This language has a good community

    26% 74%
    C 271 out of 371 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  89. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    C 237 out of 324 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  90. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    26% 74%
    C 214 out of 290 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  91. I enjoy using this language

    26% 74%
    C 294 out of 398 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  92. This language is large

    25% 75%
    C 223 out of 298 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  93. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    24% 76%
    C 158 out of 208 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  94. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    22% 78%
    C 271 out of 351 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  95. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    22% 78%
    C 246 out of 316 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  96. This language is best for very small projects

    22% 78%
    C 272 out of 349 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  97. I find code written in this language very elegant

    21% 79%
    C 314 out of 400 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  98. Code written in this language is very readable

    20% 80%
    C 304 out of 384 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  99. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    18% 82%
    C 259 out of 317 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  100. This language is very flexible

    18% 82%
    C 318 out of 388 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  101. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    16% 84%
    C 170 out of 204 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    15% 85%
    C 217 out of 258 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  103. This language excels at text processing

    14% 86%
    C 298 out of 347 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  104. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    C 326 out of 377 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    13% 87%
    C 152 out of 175 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  106. I find this language easy to prototype in

    11% 89%
    C 335 out of 378 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  107. I would use this language for a web project

    10% 90%
    C 346 out of 385 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  108. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    9% 91%
    C 302 out of 334 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  109. I would use this language for casual scripting

    8% 92%
    C 342 out of 373 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  110. This is a high level language

    7% 93%
    C 369 out of 400 picked Ruby over C Ruby
  111. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    6% 94%
    C 172 out of 183 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.