programming languages

Rank

Fortran vs Assembler

  1. This is a high level language

    95% 5%
  2. This language is good for numeric computing

    93% 7%
  3. This language is good for scientific computing

    89% 11%
  4. I would use this language for casual scripting

    84% 16%
  5. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    84% 16%
  6. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    82% 18%
  7. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    81% 19%
  8. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    81% 19%
  9. This language has a strong static type system

    80% 20%
  10. This language is best for very large projects

    80% 20%
  11. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    80% 20%
  12. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    80% 20%
  13. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    79% 21%
  14. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    78% 22%
  15. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    78% 22%
  16. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    77% 23%
  17. This language is large

    77% 23%
  18. Code written in this language is very readable

    76% 24%
  19. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    75% 25%
  20. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    75% 25%
  21. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    75% 25%
  22. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    75% 25%
  23. This language is expressive

    74% 26%
  24. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    73% 27%
  25. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    73% 27%
  26. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    72% 28%
  27. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    71% 29%
  28. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    69% 31%
  29. I would use this language for a web project

    69% 31%
  30. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    68% 32%
  31. This language excels at concurrency

    68% 32%
  32. This language excels at text processing

    68% 32%
  33. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    67% 33%
  34. This language is good for distributed computing

    67% 33%
  35. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    66% 34%
  36. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    66% 34%
  37. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    65% 35%
  38. I would use this language for writing server programs

    65% 35%
  39. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    65% 35%
  40. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
  41. I know many other people who use this language

    64% 36%
  42. This language is well documented

    63% 37%
  43. I find this language easy to prototype in

    63% 37%
  44. This language is good for beginners

    63% 37%
  45. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    63% 37%
  46. There are many good tools for this language

    62% 38%
  47. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    62% 38%
  48. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    62% 38%
  49. I find code written in this language very elegant

    62% 38%
  50. This language has a good community

    60% 40%
  51. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    60% 40%
  52. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    59% 41%
  53. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    57% 43%
  54. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    56% 44%
  55. This language has a very dogmatic community

    56% 44%
  56. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    55% 45%
  57. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    55% 45%
  58. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    54% 46%
  59. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    54% 46%
  60. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    54% 46%
  61. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    53% 47%
  62. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    53% 47%
  63. This is a mainstream language

    52% 48%
  64. This language has a very coherent design

    52% 48%
  65. This language has an annoying syntax

    51% 49%
  66. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    50% 50%
  67. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    50% 50%
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    50% 50%
  69. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    48% 52%
  70. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    48% 52%
  71. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
  72. I usually use this language on solo projects

    46% 54%
  73. I know this language well

    45% 55%
  74. I would use this language for mobile applications

    44% 56%
  75. This language is best for very small projects

    44% 56%
  76. This language has a high quality implementation

    44% 56%
  77. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    43% 57%
  78. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    43% 57%
  79. I use many applications written in this language

    41% 59%
  80. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    41% 59%
  81. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    41% 59%
  82. I regularly use this language

    40% 60%
  83. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    40% 60%
  84. This language is very flexible

    40% 60%
  85. I enjoy using this language

    37% 63%
  86. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    37% 63%
  87. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    36% 64%
  88. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
  89. I use this language out of choice

    36% 64%
  90. This language has a niche in which it is great

    35% 65%
  91. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    34% 66%
  92. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    33% 67%
  93. I would list this language on my resume

    33% 67%
  94. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    30% 70%
  95. This language is minimal

    30% 70%
  96. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    28% 72%
  97. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    27% 73%
  98. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    27% 73%
  99. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    27% 73%
  100. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    26% 74%
  101. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    25% 75%
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    25% 75%
  103. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    22% 78%
  104. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    18% 82%
  105. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    16% 84%
  106. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    15% 85%
  107. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    12% 88%
  108. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    11% 89%
  109. This is a low level language

    6% 94%
  110. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    5% 95%
  111. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    4% 96%

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 Assembler 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.