programming languages

Rank

Mathematica vs C#

  1. This language is good for scientific computing

    100%
  2. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    100%
  3. This is a high level language

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

    85% 15%
  5. This language is good for numeric computing

    83% 17%
  6. This language is minimal

    83% 17%
  7. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    80% 20%
  8. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

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

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

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

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

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

    60% 40%
  14. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    60% 40%
  15. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    55% 45%
  16. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

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

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  18. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 5 out of 10 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  19. This language is large

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

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 4 out of 8 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  21. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

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

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  23. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  24. This language is well documented

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 5 out of 10 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  25. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  26. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 3 out of 6 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  27. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 4 out of 8 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  28. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    45% 55%
  29. I would use this language for casual scripting

    44% 56%
  30. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    42% 58%
  31. This language has an annoying syntax

    40% 60%
  32. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    40% 60%
  33. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    40% 60%
  34. This language has a very dogmatic community

    40% 60%
  35. I would use this language for mobile applications

    40% 60%
  36. This language has a good community

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

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

    33% 67%
  39. This is a mainstream language

    33% 67%
  40. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

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

    33% 67%
  42. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    33% 67%
  43. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    33% 67%
  44. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
  45. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

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

    28% 72%
  47. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    25% 75%
  48. I know this language well

    24% 76%
    Mathematica 90 out of 119 picked C# over Mathematica C#
  49. I find code written in this language very elegant

    19% 81%
  50. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    19% 81%
  51. This language is very flexible

    16% 84%
  52. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    16% 84%
  53. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    16% 84%
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    14% 86%
  55. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    14% 86%
  56. This language has a very coherent design

    14% 86%
  57. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    9% 91%
  58. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

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

    100%
  60. This language encourages writing reusable code.

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

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

    25% 75%
  63. I usually use this language on solo projects

    25% 75%
  64. This language excels at concurrency

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

    100%
  66. This is a low level language

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

    25% 75%
  68. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

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

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

    75% 25%
  71. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    75% 25%
  72. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    75% 25%
  73. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    25% 75%
  74. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 2 out of 4 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  75. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

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

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

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 2 out of 4 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  78. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    25% 75%
  79. There are many good tools for this language

    66% 34%
  80. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    66% 34%
  81. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    66% 34%
  82. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    33% 67%
  83. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    33% 67%
  84. I know many other people who use this language

    33% 67%
  85. This language has a high quality implementation

    33% 67%
  86. This language excels at text processing

    66% 34%
  87. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    33% 67%
  88. I use many applications written in this language

    33% 67%
  89. This language is best for very large projects

    33% 67%
  90. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    100%
  91. This language is good for distributed computing

    100%
  92. This language is unusually bad for beginners

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

    33% 67%
  94. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    100%
  95. I find this language easy to prototype in

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 1 out of 2 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  96. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 1 out of 2 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  97. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    50% 50%
    Mathematica 1 out of 2 each for C# and Mathematica C#
  98. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

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

    100%
  100. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    100%
  101. I regularly use this language

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

    100%
  103. This language is expressive

    100%
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

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

    100%
  106. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    100%
  107. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

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

    100%
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    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.