programming languages

Rank

Java vs Python

  1. This language has a strong static type system

    92% 8%
    Java 729 out of 788 picked Java over Python Python
  2. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    89% 11%
    Java 725 out of 810 picked Java over Python Python
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    86% 14%
    Java 701 out of 813 picked Java over Python Python
  4. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    86% 14%
    Java 625 out of 726 picked Java over Python Python
  5. This is a mainstream language

    84% 16%
    Java 471 out of 557 picked Java over Python Python
  6. This language is large

    81% 19%
    Java 572 out of 699 picked Java over Python Python
  7. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    80% 20%
    Java 597 out of 741 picked Java over Python Python
  8. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    80% 20%
    Java 610 out of 758 picked Java over Python Python
  9. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    80% 20%
    Java 663 out of 825 picked Java over Python Python
  10. This language has an annoying syntax

    79% 21%
    Java 434 out of 546 picked Java over Python Python
  11. This is a low level language

    77% 23%
    Java 626 out of 803 picked Java over Python Python
  12. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    77% 23%
    Java 399 out of 517 picked Java over Python Python
  13. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    76% 24%
    Java 416 out of 541 picked Java over Python Python
  14. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    76% 24%
    Java 366 out of 478 picked Java over Python Python
  15. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    75% 25%
    Java 531 out of 701 picked Java over Python Python
  16. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    Java 510 out of 676 picked Java over Python Python
  17. This language excels at concurrency

    74% 26%
    Java 542 out of 726 picked Java over Python Python
  18. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    73% 27%
    Java 491 out of 667 picked Java over Python Python
  19. There are many good tools for this language

    73% 27%
    Java 523 out of 715 picked Java over Python Python
  20. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    72% 28%
    Java 414 out of 570 picked Java over Python Python
  21. This language is best for very large projects

    72% 28%
    Java 539 out of 743 picked Java over Python Python
  22. I know many other people who use this language

    69% 31%
    Java 565 out of 811 picked Java over Python Python
  23. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    69% 31%
    Java 409 out of 591 picked Java over Python Python
  24. I would use this language for mobile applications

    68% 32%
    Java 547 out of 800 picked Java over Python Python
  25. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    68% 32%
    Java 453 out of 663 picked Java over Python Python
  26. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    68% 32%
    Java 529 out of 777 picked Java over Python Python
  27. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    67% 33%
    Java 71 out of 105 picked Java over Python Python
  28. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    67% 33%
    Java 431 out of 638 picked Java over Python Python
  29. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    67% 33%
    Java 533 out of 789 picked Java over Python Python
  30. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    66% 34%
    Java 317 out of 479 picked Java over Python Python
  31. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    66% 34%
    Java 472 out of 714 picked Java over Python Python
  32. This language is good for distributed computing

    65% 35%
    Java 469 out of 711 picked Java over Python Python
  33. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    64% 36%
    Java 227 out of 353 picked Java over Python Python
  34. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    63% 37%
    Java 474 out of 744 picked Java over Python Python
  35. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    62% 38%
    Java 474 out of 757 picked Java over Python Python
  36. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    59% 41%
    Java 454 out of 758 picked Java over Python Python
  37. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    58% 42%
    Java 420 out of 712 picked Java over Python Python
  38. This language is well documented

    58% 42%
    Java 444 out of 757 picked Java over Python Python
  39. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    58% 42%
    Java 234 out of 402 picked Java over Python Python
  40. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    Java 401 out of 689 picked Java over Python Python
  41. I use many applications written in this language

    57% 43%
    Java 459 out of 795 picked Java over Python Python
  42. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    57% 43%
    Java 436 out of 756 picked Java over Python Python
  43. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    57% 43%
    Java 447 out of 778 picked Java over Python Python
  44. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    57% 43%
    Java 282 out of 494 picked Java over Python Python
  45. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    56% 44%
    Java 438 out of 770 picked Java over Python Python
  46. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    56% 44%
    Java 422 out of 747 picked Java over Python Python
  47. This language has a high quality implementation

    55% 45%
    Java 281 out of 508 picked Java over Python Python
  48. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    Java 403 out of 732 picked Java over Python Python
  49. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    54% 46%
    Java 435 out of 792 picked Java over Python Python
  50. This language has a very dogmatic community

    54% 46%
    Java 356 out of 653 picked Java over Python Python
  51. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    54% 46%
    Java 338 out of 621 picked Java over Python Python
  52. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    53% 47%
    Java 413 out of 766 picked Java over Python Python
  53. I would list this language on my resume

    53% 47%
    Java 412 out of 765 picked Java over Python Python
  54. I know this language well

    53% 47%
    Java 3945 out of 7411 picked Java over Python Python
  55. I would use this language for writing server programs

    52% 48%
    Java 394 out of 749 picked Java over Python Python
  56. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    51% 49%
    Java 436 out of 846 picked Java over Python Python
  57. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    50% 50%
    Java 332 out of 654 picked Java over Python Python
  58. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    48% 52%
    Java 342 out of 669 picked Python over Java Python
  59. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    46% 54%
    Java 417 out of 774 picked Python over Java Python
  60. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    45% 55%
    Java 280 out of 518 picked Python over Java Python
  61. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    45% 55%
    Java 412 out of 755 picked Python over Java Python
  62. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    45% 55%
    Java 322 out of 589 picked Python over Java Python
  63. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    Java 478 out of 848 picked Python over Java Python
  64. This language is good for numeric computing

    42% 58%
    Java 402 out of 704 picked Python over Java Python
  65. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    42% 58%
    Java 381 out of 665 picked Python over Java Python
  66. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    41% 59%
    Java 419 out of 714 picked Python over Java Python
  67. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    Java 519 out of 883 picked Python over Java Python
  68. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    40% 60%
    Java 415 out of 692 picked Python over Java Python
  69. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    37% 63%
    Java 312 out of 498 picked Python over Java Python
  70. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    35% 65%
    Java 313 out of 488 picked Python over Java Python
  71. This language has a very coherent design

    35% 65%
    Java 453 out of 706 picked Python over Java Python
  72. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    35% 65%
    Java 462 out of 715 picked Python over Java Python
  73. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    34% 66%
    Java 474 out of 728 picked Python over Java Python
  74. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    34% 66%
    Java 357 out of 546 picked Python over Java Python
  75. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    34% 66%
    Java 457 out of 694 picked Python over Java Python
  76. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    33% 67%
    Java 160 out of 241 picked Python over Java Python
  77. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    33% 67%
    Java 537 out of 806 picked Python over Java Python
  78. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    32% 68%
    Java 314 out of 462 picked Python over Java Python
  79. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    31% 69%
    Java 501 out of 734 picked Python over Java Python
  80. This language has a niche in which it is great

    31% 69%
    Java 496 out of 725 picked Python over Java Python
  81. This language is good for scientific computing

    31% 69%
    Java 525 out of 761 picked Python over Java Python
  82. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    30% 70%
    Java 407 out of 589 picked Python over Java Python
  83. This language has a good community

    30% 70%
    Java 526 out of 757 picked Python over Java Python
  84. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    30% 70%
    Java 390 out of 560 picked Python over Java Python
  85. I usually use this language on solo projects

    30% 70%
    Java 542 out of 776 picked Python over Java Python
  86. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    27% 73%
    Java 480 out of 659 picked Python over Java Python
  87. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    26% 74%
    Java 336 out of 459 picked Python over Java Python
  88. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    26% 74%
    Java 423 out of 572 picked Python over Java Python
  89. I use this language out of choice

    25% 75%
    Java 567 out of 766 picked Python over Java Python
  90. I would use this language for a web project

    25% 75%
    Java 618 out of 827 picked Python over Java Python
  91. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    24% 76%
    Java 622 out of 828 picked Python over Java Python
  92. This language is minimal

    23% 77%
    Java 562 out of 732 picked Python over Java Python
  93. I enjoy using this language

    22% 78%
    Java 698 out of 900 picked Python over Java Python
  94. Code written in this language is very readable

    21% 79%
    Java 632 out of 807 picked Python over Java Python
  95. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    21% 79%
    Java 628 out of 798 picked Python over Java Python
  96. This is a high level language

    21% 79%
    Java 675 out of 857 picked Python over Java Python
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    20% 80%
    Java 510 out of 645 picked Python over Java Python
  98. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    20% 80%
    Java 372 out of 468 picked Python over Java Python
  99. This language is good for beginners

    17% 83%
    Java 706 out of 860 picked Python over Java Python
  100. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    17% 83%
    Java 675 out of 816 picked Python over Java Python
  101. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    17% 83%
    Java 631 out of 762 picked Python over Java Python
  102. This language is expressive

    17% 83%
    Java 666 out of 803 picked Python over Java Python
  103. This language is very flexible

    16% 84%
    Java 664 out of 797 picked Python over Java Python
  104. I find code written in this language very elegant

    16% 84%
    Java 713 out of 850 picked Python over Java Python
  105. I find this language easy to prototype in

    15% 85%
    Java 691 out of 819 picked Python over Java Python
  106. This language excels at text processing

    15% 85%
    Java 644 out of 758 picked Python over Java Python
  107. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    14% 86%
    Java 658 out of 769 picked Python over Java Python
  108. This language is best for very small projects

    11% 89%
    Java 660 out of 747 picked Python over Java Python
  109. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    11% 89%
    Java 481 out of 544 picked Python over Java Python
  110. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    8% 92%
    Java 672 out of 734 picked Python over Java Python
  111. I would use this language for casual scripting

    7% 93%
    Java 749 out of 814 picked Python over Java Python

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 Java and Python 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.