programming languages

Rank

Mathematica vs APL

  1. I know this language well

    77% 23%
  2. This language is good for numeric computing

    75% 25%
  3. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    75% 25%
  4. This language is well documented

    75% 25%
  5. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    66% 34%
  6. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    66% 34%
  7. I would list this language on my resume

    66% 34%
  8. This language is good for beginners

    66% 34%
  9. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    66% 34%
  10. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    100%
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    66% 34%
  12. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    100%
  13. I enjoy using this language

    33% 67%
  14. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

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

    33% 67%
  16. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    33% 67%
  17. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    100%
  18. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    100%
  19. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    100%
  20. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    100%
  21. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    66% 34%
  22. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    50% 50%
  23. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    50% 50%
  24. This language has a very coherent design

    50% 50%
  25. I find this language easy to prototype in

    100%
  26. I regularly use this language

    50% 50%
  27. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    50% 50%
  28. This language is minimal

    50% 50%
  29. This language has a niche in which it is great

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

    100%
  31. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    100%
  32. This language has a very dogmatic community

    100%
  33. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    50% 50%
  34. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    100%
  35. This language is large

    50% 50%
  36. I know many other people who use this language

    100%
  37. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
  38. I would use this language for mobile applications

    50% 50%
  39. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    100%
  40. This language is good for scientific computing

    100%
  41. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    50% 50%
  42. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    100%
  43. This language has an annoying syntax

    50% 50%
  44. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    100%
  45. This is a mainstream language

    50% 50%
  46. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    50% 50%
  47. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    100%
  48. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    100%
  49. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    100%
  50. This is a low level language

    100%
  51. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    100%
  52. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    100%
  53. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    100%
  54. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    100%
  55. This language has a good community

    100%
  56. Code written in this language is very readable

    100%
  57. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    100%
  58. I usually use this language on solo projects

    100%
  59. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    100%
  60. This language is best for very large projects

    100%
  61. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    100%
  62. This language has a high quality implementation

    100%
  63. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    100%
  64. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    100%
  65. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    100%
  66. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    100%
  67. I use this language out of choice

    100%
  68. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    100%
  69. This is a high level language

    100%
  70. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    100%
  71. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    100%
  72. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    100%
  73. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    100%
  74. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    100%
  75. This language is very flexible

    100%
  76. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    100%
  77. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    100%
  78. I find code written in this language very elegant

    100%
  79. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    100%
  80. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    100%
  81. There are many good tools for this language

    100%
  82. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    100%
  83. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    100%
  84. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    100%
  85. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

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

    100%
  87. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    100%
  88. This language is expressive

    100%
  89. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    100%
  90. This language excels at concurrency

    100%
  91. This language is best for very small projects

    100%
  92. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    100%
  93. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    100%
  94. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    100%
  95. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    100%
  96. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    100%

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 Mathematica and APL 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.