programming languages

Rank

Fortran vs APL

  1. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    94% 6%
    Fortran 17 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  2. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    90% 10%
    Fortran 18 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  3. This is a low level language

    88% 12%
    Fortran 16 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  4. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    87% 13%
    Fortran 21 out of 24 picked Fortran over APL APL
  5. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    84% 16%
    Fortran 21 out of 25 picked Fortran over APL APL
  6. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    82% 18%
    Fortran 14 out of 17 picked Fortran over APL APL
  7. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    81% 19%
    Fortran 9 out of 11 picked Fortran over APL APL
  8. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    81% 19%
    Fortran 18 out of 22 picked Fortran over APL APL
  9. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    80% 20%
    Fortran 17 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  10. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    80% 20%
    Fortran 16 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  11. This language has a strong static type system

    80% 20%
    Fortran 16 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  12. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    78% 22%
    Fortran 18 out of 23 picked Fortran over APL APL
  13. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    77% 23%
    Fortran 14 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  14. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    75% 25%
    Fortran 6 out of 8 picked Fortran over APL APL
  15. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    75% 25%
    Fortran 15 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  16. This is a mainstream language

    75% 25%
    Fortran 9 out of 12 picked Fortran over APL APL
  17. This language is good for scientific computing

    74% 26%
    Fortran 20 out of 27 picked Fortran over APL APL
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    73% 27%
    Fortran 14 out of 19 picked Fortran over APL APL
  19. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    71% 29%
    Fortran 15 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  20. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    71% 29%
    Fortran 5 out of 7 picked Fortran over APL APL
  21. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    71% 29%
    Fortran 15 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  22. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    70% 30%
    Fortran 17 out of 24 picked Fortran over APL APL
  23. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    70% 30%
    Fortran 12 out of 17 picked Fortran over APL APL
  24. I know this language well

    70% 30%
    Fortran 104 out of 148 picked Fortran over APL APL
  25. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    70% 30%
    Fortran 14 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  26. Code written in this language is very readable

    70% 30%
    Fortran 14 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    69% 31%
    Fortran 16 out of 23 picked Fortran over APL APL
  28. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    68% 32%
    Fortran 13 out of 19 picked Fortran over APL APL
  29. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    66% 34%
    Fortran 12 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  30. I know many other people who use this language

    66% 34%
    Fortran 14 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  31. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    63% 37%
    Fortran 12 out of 19 picked Fortran over APL APL
  32. This language is good for numeric computing

    62% 38%
    Fortran 17 out of 27 picked Fortran over APL APL
  33. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    62% 38%
    Fortran 5 out of 8 picked Fortran over APL APL
  34. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    62% 38%
    Fortran 10 out of 16 picked Fortran over APL APL
  35. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    62% 38%
    Fortran 5 out of 8 picked Fortran over APL APL
  36. This language is well documented

    61% 39%
    Fortran 13 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  37. There are many good tools for this language

    61% 39%
    Fortran 13 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  38. This language is best for very large projects

    61% 39%
    Fortran 13 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  39. This language is good for distributed computing

    61% 39%
    Fortran 8 out of 13 picked Fortran over APL APL
  40. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    61% 39%
    Fortran 11 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  41. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    60% 40%
    Fortran 3 out of 5 picked Fortran over APL APL
  42. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    60% 40%
    Fortran 3 out of 5 picked Fortran over APL APL
  43. I would list this language on my resume

    59% 41%
    Fortran 13 out of 22 picked Fortran over APL APL
  44. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    58% 42%
    Fortran 10 out of 17 picked Fortran over APL APL
  45. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    58% 42%
    Fortran 14 out of 24 picked Fortran over APL APL
  46. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    57% 43%
    Fortran 11 out of 19 picked Fortran over APL APL
  47. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    57% 43%
    Fortran 12 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  48. I use many applications written in this language

    57% 43%
    Fortran 12 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  49. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    57% 43%
    Fortran 4 out of 7 picked Fortran over APL APL
  50. I regularly use this language

    56% 44%
    Fortran 13 out of 23 picked Fortran over APL APL
  51. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    56% 44%
    Fortran 13 out of 23 picked Fortran over APL APL
  52. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    56% 44%
    Fortran 13 out of 23 picked Fortran over APL APL
  53. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    56% 44%
    Fortran 14 out of 25 picked Fortran over APL APL
  54. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    55% 45%
    Fortran 10 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  55. This language excels at concurrency

    55% 45%
    Fortran 10 out of 18 picked Fortran over APL APL
  56. This language is best for very small projects

    55% 45%
    Fortran 11 out of 20 picked Fortran over APL APL
  57. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    54% 46%
    Fortran 6 out of 11 picked Fortran over APL APL
  58. This language is large

    53% 47%
    Fortran 14 out of 26 picked Fortran over APL APL
  59. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    52% 48%
    Fortran 10 out of 19 picked Fortran over APL APL
  60. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    52% 48%
    Fortran 11 out of 21 picked Fortran over APL APL
  61. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    50% 50%
    Fortran 12 out of 24 each for APL and Fortran APL
  62. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    Fortran 11 out of 22 each for APL and Fortran APL
  63. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    50% 50%
    Fortran 8 out of 16 each for APL and Fortran APL
  64. This language is good for beginners

    48% 52%
    Fortran 13 out of 25 picked APL over Fortran APL
  65. This language has a good community

    47% 53%
    Fortran 12 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  66. I would use this language for writing server programs

    47% 53%
    Fortran 11 out of 21 picked APL over Fortran APL
  67. This language has a high quality implementation

    44% 56%
    Fortran 5 out of 9 picked APL over Fortran APL
  68. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    42% 58%
    Fortran 4 out of 7 picked APL over Fortran APL
  69. This language excels at text processing

    42% 58%
    Fortran 11 out of 19 picked APL over Fortran APL
  70. I would use this language for mobile applications

    42% 58%
    Fortran 11 out of 19 picked APL over Fortran APL
  71. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    42% 58%
    Fortran 11 out of 19 picked APL over Fortran APL
  72. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    41% 59%
    Fortran 10 out of 17 picked APL over Fortran APL
  73. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    41% 59%
    Fortran 10 out of 17 picked APL over Fortran APL
  74. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    40% 60%
    Fortran 13 out of 22 picked APL over Fortran APL
  75. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    Fortran 17 out of 28 picked APL over Fortran APL
  76. This language has a niche in which it is great

    39% 61%
    Fortran 14 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  77. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    38% 62%
    Fortran 11 out of 18 picked APL over Fortran APL
  78. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    38% 62%
    Fortran 8 out of 13 picked APL over Fortran APL
  79. I would use this language for a web project

    38% 62%
    Fortran 16 out of 26 picked APL over Fortran APL
  80. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    37% 63%
    Fortran 10 out of 16 picked APL over Fortran APL
  81. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    37% 63%
    Fortran 5 out of 8 picked APL over Fortran APL
  82. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    36% 64%
    Fortran 12 out of 19 picked APL over Fortran APL
  83. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    35% 65%
    Fortran 11 out of 17 picked APL over Fortran APL
  84. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    35% 65%
    Fortran 13 out of 20 picked APL over Fortran APL
  85. I enjoy using this language

    34% 66%
    Fortran 17 out of 26 picked APL over Fortran APL
  86. This language has a very dogmatic community

    33% 67%
    Fortran 14 out of 21 picked APL over Fortran APL
  87. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    33% 67%
    Fortran 6 out of 9 picked APL over Fortran APL
  88. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    33% 67%
    Fortran 12 out of 18 picked APL over Fortran APL
  89. This language is minimal

    31% 69%
    Fortran 15 out of 22 picked APL over Fortran APL
  90. I use this language out of choice

    30% 70%
    Fortran 16 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  91. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    30% 70%
    Fortran 16 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  92. This language is expressive

    28% 72%
    Fortran 18 out of 25 picked APL over Fortran APL
  93. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    26% 74%
    Fortran 14 out of 19 picked APL over Fortran APL
  94. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    26% 74%
    Fortran 17 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  95. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    25% 75%
    Fortran 12 out of 16 picked APL over Fortran APL
  96. This is a high level language

    23% 77%
    Fortran 16 out of 21 picked APL over Fortran APL
  97. This language is very flexible

    21% 79%
    Fortran 18 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  98. I find this language easy to prototype in

    21% 79%
    Fortran 18 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  99. This language has an annoying syntax

    19% 81%
    Fortran 8 out of 10 picked APL over Fortran APL
  100. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    18% 82%
    Fortran 13 out of 16 picked APL over Fortran APL
  101. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    18% 82%
    Fortran 22 out of 27 picked APL over Fortran APL
  102. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    17% 83%
    Fortran 19 out of 23 picked APL over Fortran APL
  103. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    16% 84%
    Fortran 5 out of 6 picked APL over Fortran APL
  104. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    16% 84%
    Fortran 21 out of 25 picked APL over Fortran APL
  105. This language has a very coherent design

    15% 85%
    Fortran 16 out of 19 picked APL over Fortran APL
  106. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    15% 85%
    Fortran 17 out of 20 picked APL over Fortran APL
  107. I find code written in this language very elegant

    14% 86%
    Fortran 23 out of 27 picked APL over Fortran APL
  108. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    14% 86%
    Fortran 6 out of 7 picked APL over Fortran APL
  109. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    9% 91%
    Fortran 10 out of 11 picked APL over Fortran APL
  110. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    25% 75%
    Fortran 3 out of 4 picked APL over Fortran APL
  111. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    100%
    Fortran 3 out of 3 picked APL over Fortran APL

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 Fortran and APL 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.