programming languages

Rank

Mathematica vs Matlab

  1. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    94% 6%
  2. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    86% 14%
  3. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    86% 14%
  4. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    81% 19%
  5. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    81% 19%
  6. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    80% 20%
  7. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    80% 20%
  8. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    78% 22%
  9. This is a high level language

    77% 23%
  10. I use this language out of choice

    77% 23%
  11. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

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

    73% 27%
  13. This language has a high quality implementation

    72% 28%
  14. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    72% 28%
  15. This language is well documented

    72% 28%
  16. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    71% 29%
  17. I find code written in this language very elegant

    70% 30%
  18. This language has a niche in which it is great

    69% 31%
  19. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    69% 31%
  20. I enjoy using this language

    69% 31%
  21. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
  22. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    68% 32%
  23. I would use this language for a web project

    66% 34%
  24. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

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

    65% 35%
  26. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    65% 35%
  27. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
  28. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    64% 36%
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    63% 37%
  30. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    63% 37%
  31. This language is very flexible

    62% 38%
  32. This language has a good community

    61% 39%
  33. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    61% 39%
  34. This language is expressive

    61% 39%
  35. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
  36. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    60% 40%
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    60% 40%
  38. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    60% 40%
  39. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    60% 40%
  40. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    59% 41%
  41. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    57% 43%
  42. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    57% 43%
  43. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
  44. This language is large

    57% 43%
  45. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    57% 43%
  46. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    57% 43%
  47. This language is best for very large projects

    56% 44%
  48. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    56% 44%
  49. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    55% 45%
  50. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    55% 45%
  51. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    53% 47%
  52. I usually use this language on solo projects

    53% 47%
  53. This language has a strong static type system

    52% 48%
  54. This language excels at text processing

    52% 48%
  55. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    52% 48%
  56. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    52% 48%
  57. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    52% 48%
  58. I would use this language for writing server programs

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

    50% 50%
  60. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

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

    50% 50%
  62. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    50% 50%
  63. I would list this language on my resume

    50% 50%
  64. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    50% 50%
  65. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    50% 50%
  66. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    50% 50%
  67. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    50% 50%
  68. This language is good for numeric computing

    48% 52%
  69. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
  70. I would use this language for casual scripting

    47% 53%
  71. This language excels at concurrency

    47% 53%
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

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

    46% 54%
  74. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    46% 54%
  75. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    46% 54%
  76. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    46% 54%
  77. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
  78. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    44% 56%
  79. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    44% 56%
  80. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    44% 56%
  81. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    42% 58%
  82. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    42% 58%
  83. I use many applications written in this language

    42% 58%
  84. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

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

    41% 59%
  86. I find this language easy to prototype in

    41% 59%
  87. Code written in this language is very readable

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

    40% 60%
  89. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    40% 60%
  90. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    40% 60%
  91. I know this language well

    39% 61%
  92. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

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

    38% 62%
  94. This language is minimal

    37% 63%
  95. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

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

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

    36% 64%
  98. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    35% 65%
  99. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    35% 65%
  100. This is a mainstream language

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

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

    33% 67%
  103. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    31% 69%
  104. This is a low level language

    31% 69%
  105. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    31% 69%
  106. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    30% 70%
  107. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    30% 70%
  108. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    28% 72%
  109. I know many other people who use this language

    26% 74%
  110. This language has an annoying syntax

    21% 79%

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 Matlab 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.