programming languages

Rank

ELisp vs Scheme

  1. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    87% 13%
    ELisp 7 out of 8 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  2. This language is large

    82% 18%
    ELisp 47 out of 57 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  3. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    82% 18%
    ELisp 42 out of 51 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  4. This language excels at text processing

    82% 18%
    ELisp 41 out of 50 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  5. I use many applications written in this language

    81% 19%
    ELisp 50 out of 61 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  6. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    81% 19%
    ELisp 13 out of 16 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  7. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    81% 19%
    ELisp 39 out of 48 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  8. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    80% 20%
    ELisp 40 out of 50 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  9. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    79% 21%
    ELisp 47 out of 59 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  10. This language has an annoying syntax

    78% 22%
    ELisp 15 out of 19 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  11. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    74% 26%
    ELisp 37 out of 50 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  12. This language has a niche in which it is great

    71% 29%
    ELisp 37 out of 52 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  13. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    69% 31%
    ELisp 41 out of 59 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  14. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    67% 33%
    ELisp 29 out of 43 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  15. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    66% 34%
    ELisp 22 out of 33 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  16. I regularly use this language

    66% 34%
    ELisp 41 out of 62 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  17. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    65% 35%
    ELisp 29 out of 44 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  18. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    64% 36%
    ELisp 29 out of 45 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  19. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    64% 36%
    ELisp 29 out of 45 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  20. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    62% 38%
    ELisp 5 out of 8 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  21. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    62% 38%
    ELisp 30 out of 48 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  22. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    61% 39%
    ELisp 38 out of 62 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  23. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    60% 40%
    ELisp 36 out of 60 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  24. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    60% 40%
    ELisp 6 out of 10 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  25. I know many other people who use this language

    59% 41%
    ELisp 32 out of 54 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  26. This language is best for very small projects

    59% 41%
    ELisp 29 out of 49 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    58% 42%
    ELisp 35 out of 60 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  28. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    58% 42%
    ELisp 32 out of 55 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  29. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    57% 43%
    ELisp 8 out of 14 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  30. There are many good tools for this language

    55% 45%
    ELisp 33 out of 59 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  31. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    ELisp 30 out of 56 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  32. This language has a good community

    53% 47%
    ELisp 30 out of 56 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  33. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    53% 47%
    ELisp 25 out of 47 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  34. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    52% 48%
    ELisp 28 out of 53 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  35. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    52% 48%
    ELisp 24 out of 46 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  36. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    50% 50%
    ELisp 26 out of 51 picked ELisp over Scheme Scheme
  37. This is a mainstream language

    50% 50%
    ELisp 8 out of 16 each for Scheme and ELisp Scheme
  38. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    ELisp 27 out of 54 each for Scheme and ELisp Scheme
  39. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    50% 50%
    ELisp 7 out of 14 each for Scheme and ELisp Scheme
  40. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    50% 50%
    ELisp 7 out of 14 each for Scheme and ELisp Scheme
  41. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    48% 52%
    ELisp 31 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  42. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    48% 52%
    ELisp 26 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  43. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    45% 55%
    ELisp 29 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  44. I would use this language for casual scripting

    44% 56%
    ELisp 31 out of 56 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  45. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    43% 57%
    ELisp 28 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  46. I know this language well

    43% 57%
    ELisp 269 out of 480 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  47. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    42% 58%
    ELisp 28 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  48. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    ELisp 8 out of 14 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  49. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    42% 58%
    ELisp 30 out of 52 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  50. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    ELisp 10 out of 17 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  51. This is a low level language

    40% 60%
    ELisp 29 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  52. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    40% 60%
    ELisp 24 out of 40 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  53. This language is well documented

    36% 64%
    ELisp 36 out of 57 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  54. This language is good for scientific computing

    36% 64%
    ELisp 38 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  55. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    34% 66%
    ELisp 36 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  56. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    33% 67%
    ELisp 35 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  57. This language has a strong static type system

    33% 67%
    ELisp 38 out of 57 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    ELisp 35 out of 52 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  59. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    ELisp 34 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  60. This language has a high quality implementation

    31% 69%
    ELisp 11 out of 16 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  61. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    31% 69%
    ELisp 33 out of 48 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  62. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    31% 69%
    ELisp 31 out of 45 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  63. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    30% 70%
    ELisp 32 out of 46 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  64. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    30% 70%
    ELisp 39 out of 56 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  65. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    30% 70%
    ELisp 51 out of 73 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    30% 70%
    ELisp 35 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  67. This is a high level language

    29% 71%
    ELisp 43 out of 61 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  68. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    29% 71%
    ELisp 12 out of 17 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  69. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    28% 72%
    ELisp 35 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  70. I would list this language on my resume

    28% 72%
    ELisp 43 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  71. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    28% 72%
    ELisp 43 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  72. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    27% 73%
    ELisp 13 out of 18 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  73. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    ELisp 44 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  74. I enjoy using this language

    25% 75%
    ELisp 41 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  75. I find this language easy to prototype in

    25% 75%
    ELisp 44 out of 59 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  76. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    25% 75%
    ELisp 12 out of 16 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  77. This language excels at concurrency

    25% 75%
    ELisp 39 out of 52 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  78. This language is best for very large projects

    24% 76%
    ELisp 37 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  79. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    24% 76%
    ELisp 41 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  80. I would use this language for mobile applications

    23% 77%
    ELisp 42 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  81. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    23% 77%
    ELisp 42 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  82. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    22% 78%
    ELisp 31 out of 40 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  83. This language is expressive

    22% 78%
    ELisp 45 out of 58 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  84. I would use this language for writing server programs

    22% 78%
    ELisp 42 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  85. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    22% 78%
    ELisp 7 out of 9 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  86. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    21% 79%
    ELisp 39 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  87. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    21% 79%
    ELisp 37 out of 47 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  88. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    20% 80%
    ELisp 42 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  89. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    20% 80%
    ELisp 46 out of 58 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  90. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    20% 80%
    ELisp 50 out of 63 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  91. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    20% 80%
    ELisp 39 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  92. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    19% 81%
    ELisp 8 out of 10 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  93. This language is good for distributed computing

    19% 81%
    ELisp 33 out of 41 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  94. This language is very flexible

    19% 81%
    ELisp 50 out of 62 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  95. This language is good for numeric computing

    18% 82%
    ELisp 43 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  96. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    18% 82%
    ELisp 44 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  97. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    16% 84%
    ELisp 44 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  98. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    16% 84%
    ELisp 49 out of 59 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  99. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    14% 86%
    ELisp 42 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  100. Code written in this language is very readable

    13% 87%
    ELisp 40 out of 46 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  101. I would use this language for a web project

    12% 88%
    ELisp 47 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  102. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    12% 88%
    ELisp 48 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  103. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    12% 88%
    ELisp 50 out of 57 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  104. I find code written in this language very elegant

    11% 89%
    ELisp 53 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  105. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    9% 91%
    ELisp 18 out of 20 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  106. This language is minimal

    9% 91%
    ELisp 57 out of 63 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  107. This language has a very coherent design

    6% 94%
    ELisp 54 out of 58 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    6% 94%
    ELisp 14 out of 15 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  109. This language is good for beginners

    5% 95%
    ELisp 53 out of 56 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  110. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    100%
    ELisp 14 out of 14 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme
  111. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    33% 67%
    ELisp 2 out of 3 picked Scheme over ELisp Scheme

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 ELisp and Scheme 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.