programming languages

Rank

Mathematica vs Matlab

  1. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    95% 5%
  2. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

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

    84% 16%
  4. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    82% 18%
  5. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    81% 19%
  6. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    79% 21%
  7. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    78% 22%
  8. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    78% 22%
  9. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

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

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

    76% 24%
  12. This language is well documented

    75% 25%
  13. This language has a high quality implementation

    75% 25%
  14. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    72% 28%
  15. I enjoy using this language

    72% 28%
  16. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    72% 28%
  17. I find code written in this language very elegant

    71% 29%
  18. This language has a very coherent design

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

    70% 30%
  20. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    70% 30%
  21. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    68% 32%
  22. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    66% 34%
  23. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    66% 34%
  24. I would use this language for a web project

    66% 34%
  25. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

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

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

    65% 35%
  28. This language is good for scientific computing

    65% 35%
  29. This language is expressive

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

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

    62% 38%
  32. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    62% 38%
  33. This language is very flexible

    62% 38%
  34. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    62% 38%
  35. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    61% 39%
  36. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

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

    61% 39%
  38. This language has a good community

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

    60% 40%
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

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

    60% 40%
  42. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    59% 41%
  43. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    59% 41%
  44. This language is large

    59% 41%
  45. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    58% 42%
  46. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
  47. This language has a strong static type system

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

    56% 44%
  49. I usually use this language on solo projects

    56% 44%
  50. This language is best for very large projects

    55% 45%
  51. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    55% 45%
  52. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    55% 45%
  53. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    54% 46%
  54. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    53% 47%
  55. I would use this language for writing server programs

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

    52% 48%
  57. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    52% 48%
  58. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    52% 48%
  59. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    52% 48%
  60. This language is good for numeric computing

    51% 49%
  61. I would list this language on my resume

    50% 50%
  62. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

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

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

    50% 50%
  65. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

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

    50% 50%
  67. I would use this language for casual scripting

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

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

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

    50% 50%
  71. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    50% 50%
  72. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

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

    50% 50%
  74. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    48% 52%
  75. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
  76. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    47% 53%
  77. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

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

    47% 53%
  79. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    46% 54%
  80. This language excels at concurrency

    45% 55%
  81. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    45% 55%
  82. I find this language easy to prototype in

    44% 56%
  83. I use many applications written in this language

    44% 56%
  84. There are many good tools for this language

    43% 57%
  85. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

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

    42% 58%
  87. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    42% 58%
  88. I know this language well

    41% 59%
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    41% 59%
  90. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

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

    40% 60%
  92. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    40% 60%
  93. Code written in this language is very readable

    39% 61%
  94. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    39% 61%
  95. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    38% 62%
  96. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    38% 62%
  97. This language is minimal

    37% 63%
  98. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    36% 64%
  99. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    36% 64%
  100. This language is good for beginners

    36% 64%
  101. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    35% 65%
  102. This is a low level language

    35% 65%
  103. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    33% 67%
  104. This is a mainstream language

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

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

    31% 69%
  107. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
  108. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    29% 71%
  109. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

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

    25% 75%

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.