programming languages

Rank

Clojure vs Scala

  1. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    84% 16%
    Clojure 28 out of 33 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  2. This language is minimal

    84% 16%
    Clojure 50 out of 59 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    74% 26%
    Clojure 32 out of 43 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  4. This language has a very coherent design

    74% 26%
    Clojure 43 out of 58 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  5. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    73% 27%
    Clojure 28 out of 38 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  6. This language has a high quality implementation

    72% 28%
    Clojure 26 out of 36 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  7. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    71% 29%
    Clojure 41 out of 57 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  8. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    71% 29%
    Clojure 23 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  9. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    71% 29%
    Clojure 25 out of 35 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  10. This language is very flexible

    69% 31%
    Clojure 48 out of 69 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  11. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    68% 32%
    Clojure 35 out of 51 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  12. This language has a good community

    67% 33%
    Clojure 39 out of 58 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  13. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    66% 34%
    Clojure 24 out of 36 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  14. This language excels at concurrency

    66% 34%
    Clojure 48 out of 72 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  15. This language is expressive

    66% 34%
    Clojure 50 out of 75 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  16. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    66% 34%
    Clojure 45 out of 68 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  17. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    Clojure 44 out of 67 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  18. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    64% 36%
    Clojure 44 out of 68 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  19. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    Clojure 16 out of 25 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  20. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    63% 37%
    Clojure 42 out of 66 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  21. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    63% 37%
    Clojure 33 out of 52 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  22. This language is good for beginners

    62% 38%
    Clojure 42 out of 67 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  23. I find code written in this language very elegant

    62% 38%
    Clojure 55 out of 88 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  24. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    62% 38%
    Clojure 43 out of 69 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  25. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    62% 38%
    Clojure 31 out of 50 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  26. This language has a niche in which it is great

    61% 39%
    Clojure 39 out of 63 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  27. I usually use this language on solo projects

    60% 40%
    Clojure 42 out of 69 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  28. I find this language easy to prototype in

    60% 40%
    Clojure 43 out of 71 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  29. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    60% 40%
    Clojure 43 out of 71 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  30. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    59% 41%
    Clojure 34 out of 57 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  31. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    59% 41%
    Clojure 35 out of 59 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  32. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    58% 42%
    Clojure 17 out of 29 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  33. I enjoy using this language

    58% 42%
    Clojure 49 out of 84 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  34. This is a high level language

    58% 42%
    Clojure 49 out of 84 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  35. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    57% 43%
    Clojure 33 out of 57 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  36. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    57% 43%
    Clojure 41 out of 71 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  37. I would use this language for casual scripting

    57% 43%
    Clojure 43 out of 75 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  38. Code written in this language is very readable

    57% 43%
    Clojure 36 out of 63 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  39. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    56% 44%
    Clojure 37 out of 65 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  40. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    56% 44%
    Clojure 43 out of 76 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  41. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    56% 44%
    Clojure 18 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  42. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    56% 44%
    Clojure 18 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  43. This language excels at text processing

    56% 44%
    Clojure 36 out of 64 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  44. I regularly use this language

    54% 46%
    Clojure 35 out of 64 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  45. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    53% 47%
    Clojure 17 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    52% 48%
    Clojure 34 out of 65 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  47. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    51% 49%
    Clojure 34 out of 66 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  48. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    51% 49%
    Clojure 22 out of 43 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  49. I use this language out of choice

    50% 50%
    Clojure 31 out of 61 picked Clojure over Scala Scala
  50. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    50% 50%
    Clojure 33 out of 66 each for Scala and Clojure Scala
  51. I would use this language for mobile applications

    50% 50%
    Clojure 33 out of 66 each for Scala and Clojure Scala
  52. I would list this language on my resume

    50% 50%
    Clojure 29 out of 58 each for Scala and Clojure Scala
  53. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    49% 51%
    Clojure 28 out of 55 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  54. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    48% 52%
    Clojure 30 out of 58 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  55. I know this language well

    47% 53%
    Clojure 361 out of 694 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  56. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    47% 53%
    Clojure 29 out of 55 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  57. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    46% 54%
    Clojure 26 out of 49 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  58. This language is good for numeric computing

    46% 54%
    Clojure 26 out of 49 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    46% 54%
    Clojure 32 out of 60 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  60. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    46% 54%
    Clojure 22 out of 41 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  61. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    45% 55%
    Clojure 20 out of 37 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  62. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    45% 55%
    Clojure 32 out of 59 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  63. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    45% 55%
    Clojure 24 out of 44 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  64. This language has a very dogmatic community

    44% 56%
    Clojure 36 out of 65 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  65. This language is well documented

    44% 56%
    Clojure 36 out of 65 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  66. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    44% 56%
    Clojure 35 out of 63 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  67. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    43% 57%
    Clojure 23 out of 41 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  68. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    43% 57%
  69. This language is good for distributed computing

    43% 57%
    Clojure 34 out of 60 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  70. I would use this language for writing server programs

    43% 57%
    Clojure 38 out of 67 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  71. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    42% 58%
  72. I would use this language for a web project

    42% 58%
    Clojure 38 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  73. This language is best for very large projects

    42% 58%
    Clojure 38 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  74. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    42% 58%
    Clojure 45 out of 78 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  75. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    42% 58%
    Clojure 44 out of 76 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  76. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    40% 60%
    Clojure 34 out of 57 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  77. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    40% 60%
    Clojure 43 out of 72 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  78. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    40% 60%
    Clojure 49 out of 82 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  79. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    40% 60%
    Clojure 30 out of 50 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  80. This language is good for scientific computing

    39% 61%
    Clojure 38 out of 63 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  81. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    39% 61%
    Clojure 23 out of 38 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  82. I know many other people who use this language

    39% 61%
    Clojure 37 out of 61 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  83. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    39% 61%
    Clojure 39 out of 64 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  84. This is a low level language

    39% 61%
    Clojure 39 out of 64 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  85. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    38% 62%
    Clojure 44 out of 72 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  86. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    38% 62%
    Clojure 46 out of 75 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  87. I use many applications written in this language

    38% 62%
    Clojure 43 out of 70 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  88. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    38% 62%
    Clojure 39 out of 63 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  89. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    37% 63%
    Clojure 41 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  90. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    37% 63%
    Clojure 40 out of 64 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  91. This language has an annoying syntax

    37% 63%
    Clojure 22 out of 35 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  92. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    36% 64%
    Clojure 19 out of 30 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  93. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    36% 64%
    Clojure 42 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  94. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    35% 65%
    Clojure 36 out of 56 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  95. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    33% 67%
    Clojure 45 out of 68 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  96. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    33% 67%
    Clojure 18 out of 27 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  97. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    Clojure 36 out of 54 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  98. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    32% 68%
    Clojure 37 out of 55 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  99. There are many good tools for this language

    31% 69%
    Clojure 45 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  100. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    31% 69%
    Clojure 26 out of 38 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  101. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    31% 69%
    Clojure 22 out of 32 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  102. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    30% 70%
    Clojure 56 out of 81 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  103. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    29% 71%
    Clojure 38 out of 54 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  104. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    29% 71%
    Clojure 51 out of 72 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  105. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    27% 73%
    Clojure 21 out of 29 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  106. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    24% 76%
    Clojure 55 out of 73 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  107. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    23% 77%
    Clojure 51 out of 67 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  108. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    21% 79%
    Clojure 29 out of 37 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  109. This is a mainstream language

    19% 81%
    Clojure 33 out of 41 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  110. This language is large

    16% 84%
    Clojure 44 out of 53 picked Scala over Clojure Scala
  111. This language has a strong static type system

    6% 94%
    Clojure 73 out of 78 picked Scala over Clojure Scala

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 Clojure and Scala 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.