programming languages

Rank

Java vs Python

  1. This language has a strong static type system

    92% 8%
    Java 758 out of 818 picked Java over Python Python
  2. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    89% 11%
    Java 742 out of 830 picked Java over Python Python
  3. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    86% 14%
    Java 714 out of 828 picked Java over Python Python
  4. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    86% 14%
    Java 642 out of 746 picked Java over Python Python
  5. This is a mainstream language

    83% 17%
    Java 486 out of 579 picked Java over Python Python
  6. This language is large

    82% 18%
    Java 592 out of 721 picked Java over Python Python
  7. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    80% 20%
    Java 626 out of 776 picked Java over Python Python
  8. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    80% 20%
    Java 611 out of 758 picked Java over Python Python
  9. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    80% 20%
    Java 676 out of 844 picked Java over Python Python
  10. This language has an annoying syntax

    79% 21%
    Java 453 out of 571 picked Java over Python Python
  11. This is a low level language

    78% 22%
    Java 643 out of 823 picked Java over Python Python
  12. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    76% 24%
    Java 428 out of 557 picked Java over Python Python
  13. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    76% 24%
    Java 409 out of 533 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 379 out of 496 picked Java over Python Python
  15. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    76% 24%
    Java 551 out of 723 picked Java over Python Python
  16. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    Java 523 out of 690 picked Java over Python Python
  17. This language excels at concurrency

    74% 26%
    Java 554 out of 743 picked Java over Python Python
  18. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    73% 27%
    Java 505 out of 686 picked Java over Python Python
  19. This language is best for very large projects

    72% 28%
    Java 554 out of 764 picked Java over Python Python
  20. There are many good tools for this language

    72% 28%
    Java 529 out of 734 picked Java over Python Python
  21. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    72% 28%
    Java 428 out of 594 picked Java over Python Python
  22. I know many other people who use this language

    69% 31%
    Java 575 out of 831 picked Java over Python Python
  23. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    68% 32%
    Java 421 out of 613 picked Java over Python Python
  24. I would use this language for mobile applications

    68% 32%
    Java 560 out of 817 picked Java over Python Python
  25. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    68% 32%
    Java 545 out of 798 picked Java over Python Python
  26. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    67% 33%
    Java 465 out of 685 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 443 out of 656 picked Java over Python Python
  29. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    67% 33%
    Java 544 out of 809 picked Java over Python Python
  30. This language is good for distributed computing

    66% 34%
    Java 482 out of 727 picked Java over Python Python
  31. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    65% 35%
    Java 481 out of 731 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 322 out of 493 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 241 out of 374 picked Java over Python Python
  34. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    63% 37%
    Java 484 out of 759 picked Java over Python Python
  35. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    62% 38%
    Java 490 out of 782 picked Java over Python Python
  36. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    59% 41%
    Java 459 out of 774 picked Java over Python Python
  37. This language is well documented

    58% 42%
    Java 457 out of 778 picked Java over Python Python
  38. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    58% 42%
    Java 428 out of 729 picked Java over Python Python
  39. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    58% 42%
    Java 245 out of 419 picked Java over Python Python
  40. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    Java 409 out of 702 picked Java over Python Python
  41. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    57% 43%
    Java 450 out of 776 picked Java over Python Python
  42. I use many applications written in this language

    57% 43%
    Java 470 out of 817 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 456 out of 796 picked Java over Python Python
  44. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    56% 44%
    Java 448 out of 787 picked Java over Python Python
  45. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    56% 44%
    Java 291 out of 515 picked Java over Python Python
  46. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    56% 44%
    Java 435 out of 770 picked Java over Python Python
  47. This language has a high quality implementation

    55% 45%
    Java 292 out of 529 picked Java over Python Python
  48. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    Java 412 out of 748 picked Java over Python Python
  49. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    54% 46%
    Java 445 out of 815 picked Java over Python Python
  50. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    54% 46%
    Java 352 out of 645 picked Java over Python Python
  51. This language has a very dogmatic community

    54% 46%
    Java 370 out of 678 picked Java over Python Python
  52. I would list this language on my resume

    53% 47%
    Java 424 out of 787 picked Java over Python Python
  53. I know this language well

    53% 47%
    Java 4062 out of 7656 picked Java over Python Python
  54. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    52% 48%
    Java 419 out of 794 picked Java over Python Python
  55. I would use this language for writing server programs

    52% 48%
    Java 406 out of 772 picked Java over Python Python
  56. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    51% 49%
    Java 448 out of 872 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 341 out of 672 picked Java over Python Python
  58. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    49% 51%
    Java 350 out of 691 picked Python over Java Python
  59. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    46% 54%
    Java 292 out of 544 picked Python over Java Python
  60. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    46% 54%
    Java 430 out of 799 picked Python over Java Python
  61. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    45% 55%
    Java 331 out of 604 picked Python over Java Python
  62. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    45% 55%
    Java 425 out of 775 picked Python over Java Python
  63. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    Java 488 out of 865 picked Python over Java Python
  64. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    42% 58%
    Java 389 out of 678 picked Python over Java Python
  65. This language is good for numeric computing

    42% 58%
    Java 420 out of 727 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 426 out of 732 picked Python over Java Python
  67. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    Java 536 out of 910 picked Python over Java Python
  68. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    39% 61%
    Java 430 out of 715 picked Python over Java Python
  69. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    37% 63%
    Java 325 out of 522 picked Python over Java Python
  70. This language has a very coherent design

    35% 65%
    Java 466 out of 728 picked Python over Java Python
  71. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    35% 65%
    Java 329 out of 511 picked Python over Java Python
  72. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    35% 65%
    Java 471 out of 731 picked Python over Java Python
  73. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    35% 65%
    Java 369 out of 570 picked Python over Java Python
  74. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    34% 66%
    Java 491 out of 748 picked Python over Java Python
  75. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    33% 67%
    Java 169 out of 256 picked Python over Java Python
  76. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    33% 67%
    Java 548 out of 828 picked Python over Java Python
  77. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    33% 67%
    Java 475 out of 717 picked Python over Java Python
  78. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    32% 68%
    Java 327 out of 488 picked Python over Java Python
  79. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    32% 68%
    Java 514 out of 756 picked Python over Java Python
  80. This language has a niche in which it is great

    31% 69%
    Java 509 out of 744 picked Python over Java Python
  81. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    31% 69%
    Java 417 out of 606 picked Python over Java Python
  82. This language is good for scientific computing

    30% 70%
    Java 537 out of 777 picked Python over Java Python
  83. This language has a good community

    30% 70%
    Java 538 out of 775 picked Python over Java Python
  84. I usually use this language on solo projects

    30% 70%
    Java 557 out of 798 picked Python over Java Python
  85. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    29% 71%
    Java 407 out of 580 picked Python over Java Python
  86. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    27% 73%
    Java 492 out of 682 picked Python over Java Python
  87. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    26% 74%
    Java 350 out of 478 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 439 out of 594 picked Python over Java Python
  89. I use this language out of choice

    26% 74%
    Java 581 out of 786 picked Python over Java Python
  90. I would use this language for a web project

    25% 75%
    Java 633 out of 847 picked Python over Java Python
  91. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    24% 76%
    Java 642 out of 853 picked Python over Java Python
  92. This language is minimal

    22% 78%
    Java 583 out of 756 picked Python over Java Python
  93. I enjoy using this language

    22% 78%
    Java 716 out of 922 picked Python over Java Python
  94. Code written in this language is very readable

    21% 79%
    Java 648 out of 827 picked Python over Java Python
  95. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    21% 79%
    Java 641 out of 816 picked Python over Java Python
  96. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    21% 79%
    Java 518 out of 657 picked Python over Java Python
  97. This is a high level language

    20% 80%
    Java 696 out of 881 picked Python over Java Python
  98. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    20% 80%
    Java 383 out of 482 picked Python over Java Python
  99. This language is good for beginners

    17% 83%
    Java 726 out of 882 picked Python over Java Python
  100. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    17% 83%
    Java 645 out of 780 picked Python over Java Python
  101. This language is expressive

    17% 83%
    Java 684 out of 827 picked Python over Java Python
  102. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    17% 83%
    Java 689 out of 832 picked Python over Java Python
  103. This language is very flexible

    16% 84%
    Java 681 out of 815 picked Python over Java Python
  104. I find code written in this language very elegant

    16% 84%
    Java 731 out of 872 picked Python over Java Python
  105. I find this language easy to prototype in

    15% 85%
    Java 708 out of 841 picked Python over Java Python
  106. This language excels at text processing

    14% 86%
    Java 660 out of 775 picked Python over Java Python
  107. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    14% 86%
    Java 669 out of 785 picked Python over Java Python
  108. This language is best for very small projects

    11% 89%
    Java 678 out of 765 picked Python over Java Python
  109. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    11% 89%
    Java 500 out of 564 picked Python over Java Python
  110. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    8% 92%
    Java 691 out of 755 picked Python over Java Python
  111. I would use this language for casual scripting

    8% 92%
    Java 768 out of 835 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.