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 is good for scientific computing

    91% 9%
  4. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    90% 10%
  5. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    90% 10%
  6. This language is best for very small projects

    90% 10%
  7. This language is good for numeric computing

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

    85% 15%
  9. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    83% 17%
  10. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    83% 17%
  11. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    83% 17%
  12. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    81% 19%
  13. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    80% 20%
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

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

    75% 25%
  16. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

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

    71% 29%
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    71% 29%
  19. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

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

    71% 29%
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    70% 30%
  22. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    66% 34%
  23. This language is large

    66% 34%
  24. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

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

    62% 38%
  26. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

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

    60% 40%
  28. This language is minimal

    60% 40%
  29. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    58% 42%
  30. This language is well documented

    58% 42%
  31. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    57% 43%
  32. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    57% 43%
  33. This language is good for beginners

    54% 46%
  34. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

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

    53% 47%
  36. This language has a very dogmatic community

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 4 out of 8 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  37. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 4 out of 8 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  38. This language excels at text processing

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  39. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 6 out of 12 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  40. I use this language out of choice

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 5 out of 10 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  41. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 4 out of 8 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  42. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  43. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  44. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 6 out of 12 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  45. 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#
  46. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
  47. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

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

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

    45% 55%
  50. This language has an annoying syntax

    45% 55%
  51. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
  52. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    44% 56%
  53. I would use this language to write a command-line app

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

    42% 58%
  55. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    42% 58%
  56. I find code written in this language very elegant

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

    40% 60%
  58. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

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

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

    40% 60%
  61. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    38% 62%
  62. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    37% 63%
  63. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    37% 63%
  64. There are many good tools for this language

    37% 63%
  65. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    37% 63%
  66. I would use this language for casual scripting

    35% 65%
  67. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    33% 67%
  68. This language is very flexible

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

    33% 67%
  70. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    33% 67%
  71. Code written in this language is very readable

    30% 70%
  72. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

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

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

    28% 72%
  75. I use many applications written in this language

    28% 72%
  76. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    27% 73%
  77. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

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

    27% 73%
  79. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
  80. I know this language well

    26% 74%
    Mathematica 137 out of 186 picked C# over Mathematica C#
  81. This language is unusually bad for beginners

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

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

    25% 75%
  84. I regularly use this language

    25% 75%
  85. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    25% 75%
  86. I would use this language for mobile applications

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

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

    21% 79%
  89. This is a mainstream language

    16% 84%
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    16% 84%
  91. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    15% 85%
  92. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    14% 86%
  93. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
  94. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    14% 86%
  95. This language excels at concurrency

    12% 88%
  96. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    12% 88%
  97. I would list this language on my resume

    12% 88%
  98. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    11% 89%
  99. This language is best for very large projects

    9% 91%
  100. I would use this language for writing server programs

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

    100%
  102. This is a low level language

    100%
  103. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    75% 25%
  104. This language is expressive

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

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 2 out of 4 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  106. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    25% 75%
  107. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    25% 75%
  108. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    25% 75%
  109. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    33% 67%
  110. I find this language easy to prototype in

    66% 34%

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.