programming languages

Rank

Mathematica vs Java

  1. This language has a niche in which it is great

    93% 7%
  2. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    86% 14%
  3. I find this language easy to prototype in

    86% 14%
  4. Code written in this language tends to be terse

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

    84% 16%
  6. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    83% 17%
  7. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    83% 17%
  8. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    83% 17%
  9. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
  10. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    80% 20%
  11. This is a high level language

    80% 20%
  12. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    78% 22%
  13. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    73% 27%
  14. This language is best for very small projects

    73% 27%
  15. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    72% 28%
  16. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    72% 28%
  17. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    71% 29%
  18. This language is minimal

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

    66% 34%
  20. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    64% 36%
  21. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    58% 42%
  22. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    58% 42%
  23. This language is very flexible

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

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

    53% 47%
  26. This language is well documented

    52% 48%
  27. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    50% 50%
  28. This language has an annoying syntax

    50% 50%
  29. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    50% 50%
  30. This language has a high quality implementation

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

    47% 53%
  32. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    47% 53%
  33. Code written in this language is very readable

    47% 53%
  34. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

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

    46% 54%
  36. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    46% 54%
  37. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    45% 55%
  38. I use this language out of choice

    44% 56%
  39. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    44% 56%
  40. This language is expressive

    44% 56%
  41. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    44% 56%
  42. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    43% 57%
  43. This language has a good community

    42% 58%
  44. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

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

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

    42% 58%
  47. I enjoy using this language

    41% 59%
  48. This language has a very coherent design

    40% 60%
  49. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
  50. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    38% 62%
  51. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
  52. This language is large

    37% 63%
  53. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    37% 63%
  54. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    37% 63%
  55. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    36% 64%
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    36% 64%
  57. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    36% 64%
  58. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
  59. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    35% 65%
  60. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
  61. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    33% 67%
  62. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    33% 67%
  63. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    33% 67%
  64. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    31% 69%
  65. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    31% 69%
  66. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    31% 69%
  67. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    30% 70%
  68. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    28% 72%
  69. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    28% 72%
  70. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    27% 73%
  71. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    27% 73%
  72. I regularly use this language

    26% 74%
  73. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

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

    25% 75%
  75. I would list this language on my resume

    25% 75%
  76. This language has a strong static type system

    23% 77%
  77. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    23% 77%
  78. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    23% 77%
  79. I know many other people who use this language

    23% 77%
  80. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    22% 78%
  81. I know this language well

    21% 79%
  82. I usually use this language on solo projects

    19% 81%
  83. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    19% 81%
  84. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    19% 81%
  85. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    19% 81%
  86. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    18% 82%
  87. There are many good tools for this language

    18% 82%
  88. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    18% 82%
  89. This language is good for distributed computing

    18% 82%
  90. This language is best for very large projects

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

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

    14% 86%
  93. I would use this language for writing server programs

    12% 88%
  94. I would use this language for mobile applications

    12% 88%
  95. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    9% 91%
  96. This language excels at concurrency

    9% 91%
  97. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    9% 91%
  98. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    9% 91%
  99. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    9% 91%
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

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

    8% 92%
  102. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    7% 93%
  103. I use many applications written in this language

    6% 94%
  104. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    6% 94%
  105. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    6% 94%
  106. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    5% 95%
  107. This is a mainstream language

    3% 97%
  108. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

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

    100%
  110. 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 Java 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.