programming languages

Rank

Matlab vs PHP

  1. This language is good for numeric computing

    95% 5%
    Matlab 23 out of 24 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  2. This language is good for scientific computing

    94% 6%
    Matlab 18 out of 19 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  3. This language has a niche in which it is great

    88% 12%
    Matlab 16 out of 18 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  4. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    85% 15%
    Matlab 12 out of 14 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  5. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    80% 20%
    Matlab 17 out of 21 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  6. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    80% 20%
    Matlab 12 out of 15 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  7. This language has a high quality implementation

    78% 22%
    Matlab 22 out of 28 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  8. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    78% 22%
    Matlab 29 out of 37 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  9. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    75% 25%
    Matlab 25 out of 33 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  10. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    75% 25%
    Matlab 12 out of 16 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  11. This language excels at concurrency

    72% 28%
    Matlab 16 out of 22 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  12. This language has a very coherent design

    70% 30%
    Matlab 17 out of 24 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  13. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    69% 31%
    Matlab 16 out of 23 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  14. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    Matlab 13 out of 19 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  15. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    68% 32%
    Matlab 13 out of 19 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  16. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    68% 32%
    Matlab 13 out of 19 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  17. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    66% 34%
    Matlab 10 out of 15 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  18. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    66% 34%
    Matlab 12 out of 18 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  19. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    66% 34%
    Matlab 12 out of 18 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  20. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    65% 35%
    Matlab 15 out of 23 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  21. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    65% 35%
    Matlab 13 out of 20 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  22. This language is good for beginners

    64% 36%
    Matlab 16 out of 25 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  23. This language is minimal

    63% 37%
    Matlab 14 out of 22 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  24. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    63% 37%
    Matlab 14 out of 22 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  25. This language is large

    63% 37%
    Matlab 14 out of 22 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  26. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    63% 37%
    Matlab 19 out of 30 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  27. This language has a very dogmatic community

    62% 38%
    Matlab 10 out of 16 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  28. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    62% 38%
    Matlab 25 out of 40 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  29. I find this language easy to prototype in

    61% 39%
    Matlab 8 out of 13 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  30. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    61% 39%
    Matlab 16 out of 26 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  31. This language is best for very small projects

    60% 40%
    Matlab 9 out of 15 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  32. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    58% 42%
    Matlab 10 out of 17 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  33. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    58% 42%
    Matlab 10 out of 17 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  34. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    58% 42%
    Matlab 7 out of 12 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  35. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    58% 42%
    Matlab 7 out of 12 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  36. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    57% 43%
    Matlab 11 out of 19 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  37. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    57% 43%
    Matlab 8 out of 14 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  38. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    Matlab 24 out of 42 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  39. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    56% 44%
    Matlab 14 out of 25 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  40. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    55% 45%
    Matlab 10 out of 18 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  41. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    55% 45%
    Matlab 16 out of 29 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  42. I enjoy using this language

    55% 45%
    Matlab 11 out of 20 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  43. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    54% 46%
    Matlab 17 out of 31 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  44. I find code written in this language very elegant

    54% 46%
    Matlab 12 out of 22 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  45. This is a high level language

    54% 46%
    Matlab 12 out of 22 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  46. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    54% 46%
    Matlab 6 out of 11 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  47. I use this language out of choice

    54% 46%
    Matlab 13 out of 24 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  48. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    53% 47%
    Matlab 14 out of 26 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  49. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    52% 48%
    Matlab 9 out of 17 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  50. This language is good for distributed computing

    52% 48%
    Matlab 10 out of 19 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  51. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    52% 48%
    Matlab 12 out of 23 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  52. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    52% 48%
    Matlab 13 out of 25 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  53. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    51% 49%
    Matlab 15 out of 29 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  54. Code written in this language is very readable

    48% 52%
    Matlab 13 out of 25 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  55. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    47% 53%
    Matlab 11 out of 21 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  56. This language is expressive

    47% 53%
    Matlab 9 out of 17 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  57. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    47% 53%
    Matlab 9 out of 17 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  58. This language has a strong static type system

    47% 53%
    Matlab 9 out of 17 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  59. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    46% 54%
    Matlab 8 out of 15 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  60. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    46% 54%
    Matlab 7 out of 13 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  61. This language is well documented

    45% 55%
    Matlab 13 out of 24 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  62. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    45% 55%
    Matlab 19 out of 35 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  63. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    45% 55%
    Matlab 19 out of 35 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    45% 55%
    Matlab 12 out of 22 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  65. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    45% 55%
    Matlab 18 out of 33 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  66. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    Matlab 11 out of 20 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  67. This language is best for very large projects

    44% 56%
    Matlab 11 out of 20 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  68. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    44% 56%
    Matlab 15 out of 27 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  69. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    43% 57%
    Matlab 9 out of 16 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  70. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    43% 57%
    Matlab 13 out of 23 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  71. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    42% 58%
    Matlab 16 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  72. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    42% 58%
    Matlab 15 out of 26 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  73. This language has an annoying syntax

    40% 60%
    Matlab 19 out of 32 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  74. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    40% 60%
    Matlab 12 out of 20 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  75. I regularly use this language

    37% 63%
    Matlab 15 out of 24 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  76. I know many other people who use this language

    37% 63%
    Matlab 15 out of 24 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  77. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    36% 64%
    Matlab 23 out of 36 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  78. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    35% 65%
    Matlab 9 out of 14 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  79. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    35% 65%
    Matlab 18 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  80. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    35% 65%
    Matlab 11 out of 17 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  81. There are many good tools for this language

    35% 65%
    Matlab 13 out of 20 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  82. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    34% 66%
    Matlab 15 out of 23 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    33% 67%
    Matlab 12 out of 18 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  84. This is a low level language

    33% 67%
    Matlab 12 out of 18 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  85. I would use this language for casual scripting

    33% 67%
    Matlab 12 out of 18 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  86. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    33% 67%
    Matlab 10 out of 15 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  87. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    33% 67%
    Matlab 12 out of 18 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  88. I know this language well

    33% 67%
    Matlab 272 out of 407 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  89. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    30% 70%
    Matlab 9 out of 13 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  90. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    29% 71%
    Matlab 24 out of 34 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  91. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    28% 72%
    Matlab 10 out of 14 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  92. This language has a good community

    26% 74%
    Matlab 14 out of 19 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  93. This language is very flexible

    26% 74%
    Matlab 17 out of 23 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  94. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    24% 76%
    Matlab 19 out of 25 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  95. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    23% 77%
    Matlab 13 out of 17 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  96. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    23% 77%
    Matlab 20 out of 26 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  97. I would use this language for mobile applications

    22% 78%
    Matlab 17 out of 22 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  98. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    22% 78%
    Matlab 14 out of 18 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  99. I usually use this language on solo projects

    19% 81%
    Matlab 16 out of 20 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  100. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    19% 81%
    Matlab 20 out of 25 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  101. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    19% 81%
    Matlab 17 out of 21 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  102. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    18% 82%
    Matlab 13 out of 16 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  103. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    17% 83%
    Matlab 14 out of 17 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  104. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    16% 84%
    Matlab 15 out of 18 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  105. I use many applications written in this language

    13% 87%
    Matlab 13 out of 15 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  106. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    13% 87%
    Matlab 20 out of 23 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  107. I would use this language for writing server programs

    10% 90%
    Matlab 17 out of 19 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  108. This is a mainstream language

    7% 93%
    Matlab 35 out of 38 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    7% 93%
    Matlab 24 out of 26 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  110. This language excels at text processing

    7% 93%
    Matlab 13 out of 14 picked PHP over Matlab PHP

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 Matlab and PHP 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.