programming languages

Rank

Mathematica vs C#

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

    100%
  2. This is a high level language

    92% 8%
  3. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    91% 9%
  4. This language is good for numeric computing

    90% 10%
  5. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    87% 13%
  6. This language is good for scientific computing

    85% 15%
  7. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    83% 17%
  8. This language is best for very small projects

    81% 19%
  9. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    80% 20%
  10. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    78% 22%
  11. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    77% 23%
  12. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    77% 23%
  13. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    76% 24%
  14. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    75% 25%
  15. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    73% 27%
  16. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    71% 29%
  17. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    71% 29%
  18. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    66% 34%
  19. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    66% 34%
  20. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
  21. This language is large

    63% 37%
  22. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    62% 38%
  23. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    62% 38%
  24. This language has a high quality implementation

    62% 38%
  25. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    62% 38%
  26. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    60% 40%
  27. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    60% 40%
  28. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    60% 40%
  29. This language is minimal

    58% 42%
  30. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    57% 43%
  31. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    57% 43%
  32. I use this language out of choice

    54% 46%
  33. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    54% 46%
  34. This language is well documented

    53% 47%
  35. This language is good for beginners

    53% 47%
  36. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
  37. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    53% 47%
  38. This language excels at text processing

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  39. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 5 out of 10 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  40. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 7 out of 14 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  41. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 5 out of 10 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  42. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 7 out of 14 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  43. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 8 out of 16 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  44. This language has an annoying syntax

    46% 54%
  45. This language has a good community

    45% 55%
  46. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    45% 55%
  47. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    45% 55%
  48. I find code written in this language very elegant

    45% 55%
  49. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    45% 55%
  50. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
  51. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    44% 56%
  52. This language has a very dogmatic community

    44% 56%
  53. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    42% 58%
  54. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    42% 58%
  55. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    42% 58%
  56. This language is good for distributed computing

    42% 58%
  57. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    40% 60%
  58. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    40% 60%
  59. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    40% 60%
  60. I find this language easy to prototype in

    40% 60%
  61. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    40% 60%
  62. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    40% 60%
  63. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    38% 62%
  64. This language is very flexible

    38% 62%
  65. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    37% 63%
  66. Code written in this language is very readable

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

    33% 67%
  68. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    33% 67%
  69. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    33% 67%
  70. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    33% 67%
  71. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    33% 67%
  72. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    33% 67%
  73. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    33% 67%
  74. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    33% 67%
  75. I would use this language for casual scripting

    31% 69%
  76. This language has a strong static type system

    30% 70%
  77. I regularly use this language

    30% 70%
  78. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    30% 70%
  79. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
  80. I usually use this language on solo projects

    28% 72%
  81. I know this language well

    27% 73%
    Mathematica 151 out of 208 picked C# over Mathematica C#
  82. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    27% 73%
  83. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    27% 73%
  84. I would use this language for a web project

    25% 75%
  85. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    25% 75%
  86. This language has a very coherent design

    25% 75%
  87. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    25% 75%
  88. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    25% 75%
  89. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    23% 77%
  90. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    22% 78%
  91. This language excels at concurrency

    22% 78%
  92. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    22% 78%
  93. I use many applications written in this language

    22% 78%
  94. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    22% 78%
  95. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
  96. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    19% 81%
  97. I would use this language for mobile applications

    18% 82%
  98. I know many other people who use this language

    16% 84%
  99. This is a mainstream language

    14% 86%
  100. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    14% 86%
  101. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    11% 89%
  102. I would list this language on my resume

    11% 89%
  103. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    9% 91%
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    9% 91%
  105. This is a low level language

    100%
  106. I would use this language for writing server programs

    100%
  107. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

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

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 2 out of 4 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  109. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    25% 75%
  110. This language is expressive

    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 C# 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.