programming languages

Rank

Matlab vs PHP

  1. This language is good for numeric computing

    94% 6%
    Matlab 33 out of 35 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  2. This language is good for scientific computing

    84% 16%
    Matlab 28 out of 33 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  3. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    80% 20%
    Matlab 38 out of 47 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  4. This language has a niche in which it is great

    76% 24%
    Matlab 20 out of 26 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  5. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    75% 25%
    Matlab 37 out of 49 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  6. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    73% 27%
    Matlab 25 out of 34 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  7. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    73% 27%
    Matlab 25 out of 34 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  8. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    73% 27%
    Matlab 19 out of 26 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  9. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    72% 28%
    Matlab 27 out of 37 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  10. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    72% 28%
    Matlab 18 out of 25 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  11. This language has a very coherent design

    71% 29%
    Matlab 27 out of 38 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  12. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    Matlab 30 out of 43 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  13. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    69% 31%
    Matlab 16 out of 23 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  14. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    68% 32%
    Matlab 24 out of 35 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  15. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    66% 34%
    Matlab 22 out of 33 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  16. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    66% 34%
    Matlab 18 out of 27 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  17. This language is good for beginners

    66% 34%
    Matlab 26 out of 39 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  18. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    65% 35%
    Matlab 21 out of 32 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  19. This language excels at concurrency

    65% 35%
    Matlab 21 out of 32 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  20. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    65% 35%
    Matlab 17 out of 26 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  21. I find this language easy to prototype in

    64% 36%
    Matlab 16 out of 25 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  22. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    63% 37%
    Matlab 21 out of 33 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  23. This is a high level language

    63% 37%
    Matlab 21 out of 33 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  24. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    62% 38%
    Matlab 20 out of 32 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  25. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    61% 39%
    Matlab 24 out of 39 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  26. This language is best for very small projects

    61% 39%
    Matlab 16 out of 26 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  27. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    60% 40%
    Matlab 31 out of 51 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  28. This language is expressive

    60% 40%
    Matlab 17 out of 28 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  29. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    60% 40%
    Matlab 24 out of 40 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  30. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    60% 40%
    Matlab 12 out of 20 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  31. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    58% 42%
    Matlab 20 out of 34 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  32. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    58% 42%
    Matlab 21 out of 36 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  33. This language has a strong static type system

    58% 42%
    Matlab 14 out of 24 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  34. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    58% 42%
    Matlab 21 out of 36 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  35. This language is good for distributed computing

    58% 42%
    Matlab 18 out of 31 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  36. This language is minimal

    57% 43%
    Matlab 22 out of 38 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  37. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    57% 43%
    Matlab 16 out of 28 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  38. I enjoy using this language

    57% 43%
    Matlab 20 out of 35 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  39. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    56% 44%
    Matlab 17 out of 30 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  40. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    56% 44%
    Matlab 13 out of 23 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  41. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    56% 44%
    Matlab 27 out of 48 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  42. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    56% 44%
    Matlab 32 out of 57 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  43. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    55% 45%
    Matlab 19 out of 34 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  44. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    55% 45%
    Matlab 24 out of 43 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  45. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    55% 45%
    Matlab 15 out of 27 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  46. I use this language out of choice

    55% 45%
    Matlab 20 out of 36 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    55% 45%
    Matlab 16 out of 29 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  48. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    54% 46%
    Matlab 29 out of 53 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  49. This language is large

    54% 46%
    Matlab 19 out of 35 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  50. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    Matlab 20 out of 37 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  51. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    53% 47%
    Matlab 15 out of 28 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  52. This language is well documented

    53% 47%
    Matlab 17 out of 32 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  53. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    52% 48%
    Matlab 19 out of 36 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  54. I find code written in this language very elegant

    52% 48%
    Matlab 19 out of 36 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  55. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    51% 49%
    Matlab 14 out of 27 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  56. Code written in this language is very readable

    51% 49%
    Matlab 19 out of 37 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  57. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    51% 49%
    Matlab 20 out of 39 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  58. I would list this language on my resume

    51% 49%
    Matlab 21 out of 41 picked Matlab over PHP PHP
  59. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    50% 50%
    Matlab 17 out of 34 each for PHP and Matlab PHP
  60. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    50% 50%
    Matlab 11 out of 22 each for PHP and Matlab PHP
  61. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    50% 50%
    Matlab 16 out of 32 each for PHP and Matlab PHP
  62. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    48% 52%
    Matlab 22 out of 43 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  63. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    48% 52%
    Matlab 14 out of 27 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  64. This language has a very dogmatic community

    48% 52%
    Matlab 13 out of 25 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  65. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    47% 53%
    Matlab 21 out of 40 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  66. I would use this language for casual scripting

    46% 54%
    Matlab 15 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  67. This language is best for very large projects

    45% 55%
    Matlab 20 out of 37 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  68. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    44% 56%
    Matlab 26 out of 47 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  69. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    44% 56%
    Matlab 29 out of 52 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  70. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    43% 57%
    Matlab 14 out of 25 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.

    43% 57%
    Matlab 23 out of 41 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  72. This language has an annoying syntax

    43% 57%
    Matlab 26 out of 46 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  73. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    42% 58%
    Matlab 12 out of 21 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  74. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    42% 58%
    Matlab 16 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  75. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    Matlab 19 out of 33 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  76. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    41% 59%
    Matlab 17 out of 29 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  77. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    41% 59%
    Matlab 20 out of 34 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  78. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    40% 60%
    Matlab 13 out of 22 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  79. I regularly use this language

    40% 60%
    Matlab 21 out of 35 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  80. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    39% 61%
    Matlab 20 out of 33 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  81. There are many good tools for this language

    39% 61%
    Matlab 17 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  82. I usually use this language on solo projects

    36% 64%
    Matlab 19 out of 30 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  83. I would use this language for mobile applications

    36% 64%
    Matlab 21 out of 33 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  84. I know this language well

    35% 65%
    Matlab 419 out of 653 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  85. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    35% 65%
    Matlab 18 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  86. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    35% 65%
    Matlab 18 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  87. This is a low level language

    35% 65%
    Matlab 20 out of 31 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  88. I know many other people who use this language

    35% 65%
    Matlab 22 out of 34 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  89. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    35% 65%
    Matlab 26 out of 40 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  90. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    34% 66%
    Matlab 15 out of 23 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  91. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    33% 67%
    Matlab 32 out of 48 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  92. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    33% 67%
    Matlab 14 out of 21 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  93. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    28% 72%
    Matlab 25 out of 35 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  94. This language is very flexible

    27% 73%
    Matlab 27 out of 37 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  95. This language has a good community

    26% 74%
    Matlab 22 out of 30 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  96. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    26% 74%
    Matlab 34 out of 46 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  97. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    25% 75%
    Matlab 20 out of 27 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  98. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    25% 75%
    Matlab 23 out of 31 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  99. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    25% 75%
    Matlab 18 out of 24 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  100. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    25% 75%
    Matlab 21 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  101. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    23% 77%
    Matlab 26 out of 34 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  102. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    22% 78%
    Matlab 31 out of 40 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  103. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    21% 79%
    Matlab 32 out of 41 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  104. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    21% 79%
    Matlab 29 out of 37 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  105. This language excels at text processing

    16% 84%
    Matlab 20 out of 24 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  106. I use many applications written in this language

    14% 86%
    Matlab 24 out of 28 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  107. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    13% 87%
    Matlab 31 out of 36 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  108. This is a mainstream language

    12% 88%
    Matlab 44 out of 50 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  109. I would use this language for writing server programs

    9% 91%
    Matlab 30 out of 33 picked PHP over Matlab PHP
  110. I would use this language for a web project

    7% 93%
    Matlab 36 out of 39 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.