programming languages

Rank

Python vs Javascript

  1. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    90% 10%
  2. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    89% 11%
  3. This language is good for scientific computing

    88% 12%
  4. This language is good for numeric computing

    88% 12%
  5. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    85% 15%
  6. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

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

    85% 15%
  8. Code written in this language is very readable

    84% 16%
  9. This language excels at text processing

    84% 16%
  10. This language is best for very large projects

    84% 16%
  11. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    84% 16%
  12. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    84% 16%
  13. I would use this language for casual scripting

    83% 17%
  14. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    83% 17%
  15. This language is good for beginners

    82% 18%
  16. I would use this language for writing server programs

    81% 19%
  17. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    80% 20%
  18. This language has a very coherent design

    80% 20%
  19. This language is well documented

    80% 20%
  20. I find code written in this language very elegant

    79% 21%
  21. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    79% 21%
  22. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    79% 21%
  23. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    75% 25%
  24. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    75% 25%
  25. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    75% 25%
  26. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    75% 25%
  27. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    75% 25%
  28. I enjoy using this language

    74% 26%
  29. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    74% 26%
  30. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    74% 26%
  31. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    74% 26%
  32. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    73% 27%
  33. I find this language easy to prototype in

    73% 27%
  34. This language has a good community

    73% 27%
  35. This language is expressive

    73% 27%
  36. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    72% 28%
  37. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    71% 29%
  38. This language is good for distributed computing

    71% 29%
  39. I use this language out of choice

    71% 29%
  40. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

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

    70% 30%
  42. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    70% 30%
  43. This language has a very dogmatic community

    69% 31%
  44. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    69% 31%
  45. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    69% 31%
  46. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    69% 31%
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

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

    69% 31%
  49. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    68% 32%
  50. This language is large

    68% 32%
  51. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    68% 32%
  52. This language has a high quality implementation

    67% 33%
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    67% 33%
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    66% 34%
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    66% 34%
  56. This language has a strong static type system

    65% 35%
  57. This is a high level language

    65% 35%
  58. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    64% 36%
  59. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    64% 36%
  60. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    64% 36%
  61. There are many good tools for this language

    64% 36%
  62. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    63% 37%
  63. This language is best for very small projects

    63% 37%
  64. This language excels at concurrency

    63% 37%
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    62% 38%
  66. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    62% 38%
  67. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    61% 39%
  68. This language is very flexible

    60% 40%
  69. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    58% 42%
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    57% 43%
  71. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    56% 44%
  72. I know this language well

    55% 45%
  73. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    55% 45%
  74. I regularly use this language

    55% 45%
  75. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
  76. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    53% 47%
  77. This is a low level language

    53% 47%
  78. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    50% 50%
  79. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    50% 50%
  80. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    48% 52%
  81. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    48% 52%
  82. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    45% 55%
  83. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    44% 56%
  84. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    44% 56%
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    44% 56%
  86. This language is minimal

    43% 57%
  87. I would use this language for mobile applications

    43% 57%
  88. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    41% 59%
  89. I would use this language for a web project

    40% 60%
  90. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    40% 60%
  91. I know many other people who use this language

    39% 61%
  92. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    38% 62%
  93. I use many applications written in this language

    38% 62%
  94. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    34% 66%
  95. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    32% 68%
  96. This language has a niche in which it is great

    32% 68%
  97. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
  98. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    32% 68%
  99. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    30% 70%
  100. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    27% 73%
  101. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    26% 74%
  102. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    25% 75%
  103. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    24% 76%
  104. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
  105. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    24% 76%
  106. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    23% 77%
  107. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    22% 78%
  108. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    21% 79%
  109. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    20% 80%
  110. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    19% 81%
  111. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    19% 81%

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 Python and Javascript 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.