programming languages

Rank

Javascript vs Python

  1. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    80% 20%
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    80% 20%
  3. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    79% 21%
  4. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    78% 22%
  5. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    77% 23%
  6. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    76% 24%
  7. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    75% 25%
  8. This language has an annoying syntax

    75% 25%
  9. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    75% 25%
  10. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    74% 26%
  11. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    73% 27%
  12. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    72% 28%
  13. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    69% 31%
  14. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    67% 33%
  15. This is a mainstream language

    67% 33%
  16. This language has a niche in which it is great

    67% 33%
  17. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    67% 33%
  18. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    65% 35%
  19. I use many applications written in this language

    61% 39%
  20. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    61% 39%
  21. I know many other people who use this language

    60% 40%
  22. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    59% 41%
  23. I would use this language for a web project

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

    58% 42%
  25. I would use this language for mobile applications

    56% 44%
  26. This language is minimal

    56% 44%
  27. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    55% 45%
  28. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    55% 45%
  29. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    55% 45%
  30. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    54% 46%
  31. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    51% 49%
  32. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    51% 49%
  33. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    49% 51%
  34. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    49% 51%
  35. This is a low level language

    46% 54%
  36. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    46% 54%
  37. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    45% 55%
  38. I regularly use this language

    44% 56%
  39. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    44% 56%
  40. I know this language well

    44% 56%
  41. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    43% 57%
  42. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    42% 58%
  43. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    41% 59%
  44. This language is very flexible

    39% 61%
  45. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    38% 62%
  46. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    37% 63%
  47. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    37% 63%
  48. This language excels at concurrency

    36% 64%
  49. This language is best for very small projects

    36% 64%
  50. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    36% 64%
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    35% 65%
  52. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    35% 65%
  53. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    35% 65%
  54. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    35% 65%
  55. This is a high level language

    34% 66%
  56. This language has a strong static type system

    34% 66%
  57. I usually use this language on solo projects

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

    33% 67%
  59. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    32% 68%
  60. This language has a high quality implementation

    32% 68%
  61. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    31% 69%
  62. This language is large

    31% 69%
  63. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    31% 69%
  64. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    30% 70%
  65. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    30% 70%
  66. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    30% 70%
  67. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    30% 70%
  68. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    30% 70%
  69. This language has a very dogmatic community

    30% 70%
  70. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    29% 71%
  71. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    29% 71%
  72. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    29% 71%
  73. I use this language out of choice

    28% 72%
  74. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
  75. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    28% 72%
  76. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    27% 73%
  77. This language is expressive

    26% 74%
  78. This language has a good community

    26% 74%
  79. I find this language easy to prototype in

    26% 74%
  80. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    26% 74%
  81. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    25% 75%
  82. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    25% 75%
  83. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    25% 75%
  84. I enjoy using this language

    25% 75%
  85. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    24% 76%
  86. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    24% 76%
  87. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    24% 76%
  88. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    24% 76%
  89. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    24% 76%
  90. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    20% 80%
  91. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    20% 80%
  92. I find code written in this language very elegant

    20% 80%
  93. This language is well documented

    19% 81%
  94. This language has a very coherent design

    19% 81%
  95. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    19% 81%
  96. I would use this language for writing server programs

    18% 82%
  97. This language is good for beginners

    17% 83%
  98. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    16% 84%
  99. I would use this language for casual scripting

    16% 84%
  100. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    15% 85%
  101. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    15% 85%
  102. This language is best for very large projects

    15% 85%
  103. This language excels at text processing

    15% 85%
  104. Code written in this language is very readable

    15% 85%
  105. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    14% 86%
  106. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    14% 86%
  107. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    14% 86%
  108. This language is good for numeric computing

    11% 89%
  109. This language is good for scientific computing

    11% 89%
  110. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    10% 90%
  111. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    9% 91%

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 Javascript 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.