programming languages

Rank

Java vs Python

  1. This language has a strong static type system

    92% 8%
    Java 765 out of 826 picked Java over Python Python
  2. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    89% 11%
    Java 753 out of 841 picked Java over Python Python
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    86% 14%
    Java 725 out of 841 picked Java over Python Python
  4. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    85% 15%
    Java 653 out of 761 picked Java over Python Python
  5. This is a mainstream language

    83% 17%
    Java 496 out of 594 picked Java over Python Python
  6. This language is large

    81% 19%
    Java 597 out of 729 picked Java over Python Python
  7. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    80% 20%
    Java 620 out of 768 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 639 out of 792 picked Java over Python Python
  9. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    80% 20%
    Java 690 out of 859 picked Java over Python Python
  10. This language has an annoying syntax

    79% 21%
    Java 465 out of 585 picked Java over Python Python
  11. This is a low level language

    78% 22%
    Java 652 out of 833 picked Java over Python Python
  12. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    76% 24%
    Java 435 out of 565 picked Java over Python Python
  13. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    76% 24%
    Java 420 out of 547 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 390 out of 509 picked Java over Python Python
  15. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    76% 24%
    Java 559 out of 732 picked Java over Python Python
  16. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    Java 532 out of 702 picked Java over Python Python
  17. This language excels at concurrency

    74% 26%
    Java 560 out of 752 picked Java over Python Python
  18. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    73% 27%
    Java 511 out of 695 picked Java over Python Python
  19. This language is best for very large projects

    72% 28%
    Java 565 out of 778 picked Java over Python Python
  20. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    71% 29%
    Java 438 out of 609 picked Java over Python Python
  21. There are many good tools for this language

    71% 29%
    Java 534 out of 744 picked Java over Python Python
  22. I know many other people who use this language

    68% 32%
    Java 579 out of 840 picked Java over Python Python
  23. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    68% 32%
    Java 428 out of 622 picked Java over Python Python
  24. I would use this language for mobile applications

    68% 32%
    Java 574 out of 838 picked Java over Python Python
  25. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    68% 32%
    Java 550 out of 808 picked Java over Python Python
  26. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    67% 33%
    Java 450 out of 664 picked Java over Python Python
  27. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    67% 33%
    Java 473 out of 698 picked Java over Python Python
  28. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    67% 33%
    Java 71 out of 105 picked Java over Python Python
  29. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    66% 34%
    Java 549 out of 821 picked Java over Python Python
  30. This language is good for distributed computing

    65% 35%
    Java 482 out of 731 picked Java over Python Python
  31. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    65% 35%
    Java 486 out of 741 picked Java over Python Python
  32. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    Java 328 out of 502 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

    65% 35%
    Java 253 out of 389 picked Java over Python Python
  34. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    63% 37%
    Java 490 out of 771 picked Java over Python Python
  35. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    62% 38%
    Java 496 out of 796 picked Java over Python Python
  36. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    59% 41%
    Java 466 out of 785 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 434 out of 739 picked Java over Python Python
  38. This language is well documented

    58% 42%
    Java 466 out of 794 picked Java over Python Python
  39. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    58% 42%
    Java 460 out of 790 picked Java over Python Python
  40. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    58% 42%
    Java 252 out of 434 picked Java over Python Python
  41. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    Java 414 out of 714 picked Java over Python Python
  42. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    57% 43%
    Java 467 out of 810 picked Java over Python Python
  43. I use many applications written in this language

    57% 43%
    Java 478 out of 831 picked Java over Python Python
  44. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    56% 44%
    Java 455 out of 800 picked Java over Python Python
  45. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    56% 44%
    Java 443 out of 782 picked Java over Python Python
  46. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    56% 44%
    Java 296 out of 527 picked Java over Python Python
  47. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    Java 417 out of 758 picked Java over Python Python
  48. This language has a high quality implementation

    54% 46%
    Java 299 out of 545 picked Java over Python Python
  49. This language has a very dogmatic community

    54% 46%
    Java 375 out of 687 picked Java over Python Python
  50. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    54% 46%
    Java 356 out of 655 picked Java over Python Python
  51. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    54% 46%
    Java 447 out of 824 picked Java over Python Python
  52. I would list this language on my resume

    53% 47%
    Java 430 out of 799 picked Java over Python Python
  53. I know this language well

    53% 47%
    Java 4144 out of 7813 picked Java over Python Python
  54. I would use this language for writing server programs

    52% 48%
    Java 412 out of 783 picked Java over Python Python
  55. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    52% 48%
    Java 422 out of 808 picked Java over Python Python
  56. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    51% 49%
    Java 451 out of 878 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 345 out of 682 picked Java over Python Python
  58. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    49% 51%
    Java 357 out of 700 picked Python over Java Python
  59. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    45% 55%
    Java 438 out of 809 picked Python over Java Python
  60. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    45% 55%
    Java 333 out of 615 picked Python over Java Python
  61. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    45% 55%
    Java 302 out of 557 picked Python over Java Python
  62. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    45% 55%
    Java 434 out of 790 picked Python over Java Python
  63. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    Java 496 out of 878 picked Python over Java Python
  64. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    42% 58%
    Java 392 out of 687 picked Python over Java Python
  65. 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 431 out of 742 picked Python over Java Python
  66. This language is good for numeric computing

    41% 59%
    Java 433 out of 743 picked Python over Java Python
  67. I regularly use this language

    40% 60%
    Java 545 out of 923 picked Python over Java Python
  68. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    39% 61%
    Java 437 out of 724 picked Python over Java Python
  69. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    37% 63%
    Java 333 out of 536 picked Python over Java Python
  70. This language has a very coherent design

    35% 65%
    Java 476 out of 743 picked Python over Java Python
  71. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    35% 65%
    Java 476 out of 741 picked Python over Java Python
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    35% 65%
    Java 338 out of 523 picked Python over Java Python
  73. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    34% 66%
    Java 379 out of 583 picked Python over Java Python
  74. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    34% 66%
    Java 171 out of 263 picked Python over Java Python
  75. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    34% 66%
    Java 500 out of 760 picked Python over Java Python
  76. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    33% 67%
    Java 555 out of 839 picked Python over Java Python
  77. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    33% 67%
    Java 489 out of 733 picked Python over Java Python
  78. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    32% 68%
    Java 337 out of 500 picked Python over Java Python
  79. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    31% 69%
    Java 527 out of 773 picked Python over Java Python
  80. This language has a niche in which it is great

    31% 69%
    Java 518 out of 756 picked Python over Java Python
  81. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    31% 69%
    Java 421 out of 613 picked Python over Java Python
  82. This language has a good community

    30% 70%
    Java 545 out of 785 picked Python over Java Python
  83. This language is good for scientific computing

    30% 70%
    Java 547 out of 787 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 412 out of 590 picked Python over Java Python
  85. I usually use this language on solo projects

    29% 71%
    Java 569 out of 811 picked Python over Java Python
  86. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    27% 73%
    Java 502 out of 695 picked Python over Java Python
  87. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    26% 74%
    Java 358 out of 487 picked Python over Java Python
  88. I use this language out of choice

    25% 75%
    Java 591 out of 798 picked Python over Java Python
  89. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    25% 75%
    Java 449 out of 605 picked Python over Java Python
  90. I would use this language for a web project

    25% 75%
    Java 643 out of 859 picked Python over Java Python
  91. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    24% 76%
    Java 655 out of 866 picked Python over Java Python
  92. This language is minimal

    22% 78%
    Java 591 out of 767 picked Python over Java Python
  93. I enjoy using this language

    22% 78%
    Java 727 out of 935 picked Python over Java Python
  94. Code written in this language is very readable

    21% 79%
    Java 658 out of 838 picked Python over Java Python
  95. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    21% 79%
    Java 649 out of 825 picked Python over Java Python
  96. This is a high level language

    21% 79%
    Java 704 out of 893 picked Python over Java Python
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    21% 79%
    Java 527 out of 668 picked Python over Java Python
  98. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    20% 80%
    Java 390 out of 493 picked Python over Java Python
  99. This language is expressive

    17% 83%
    Java 692 out of 838 picked Python over Java Python
  100. This language is good for beginners

    17% 83%
    Java 740 out of 896 picked Python over Java Python
  101. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    17% 83%
    Java 656 out of 793 picked Python over Java Python
  102. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    16% 84%
    Java 702 out of 845 picked Python over Java Python
  103. This language is very flexible

    16% 84%
    Java 693 out of 827 picked Python over Java Python
  104. I find code written in this language very elegant

    16% 84%
    Java 744 out of 887 picked Python over Java Python
  105. I find this language easy to prototype in

    15% 85%
    Java 720 out of 855 picked Python over Java Python
  106. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    15% 85%
    Java 679 out of 799 picked Python over Java Python
  107. This language excels at text processing

    14% 86%
    Java 671 out of 787 picked Python over Java Python
  108. This language is best for very small projects

    11% 89%
    Java 690 out of 779 picked Python over Java Python
  109. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    11% 89%
    Java 515 out of 579 picked Python over Java Python
  110. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    8% 92%
    Java 702 out of 766 picked Python over Java Python
  111. I would use this language for casual scripting

    7% 93%
    Java 782 out of 850 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.