programming languages

Rank

Scala vs Clojure

  1. This language has a strong static type system

    93% 7%
    Scala 73 out of 78 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  2. This language is large

    83% 17%
    Scala 44 out of 53 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  3. This is a mainstream language

    80% 20%
    Scala 33 out of 41 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  4. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    78% 22%
    Scala 29 out of 37 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  5. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    76% 24%
    Scala 51 out of 67 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  6. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    75% 25%
    Scala 55 out of 73 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  7. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    72% 28%
    Scala 21 out of 29 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  8. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    70% 30%
    Scala 51 out of 72 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  9. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    70% 30%
    Scala 38 out of 54 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  10. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    70% 30%
    Scala 56 out of 80 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  11. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    68% 32%
    Scala 22 out of 32 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  12. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    68% 32%
    Scala 26 out of 38 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  13. There are many good tools for this language

    68% 32%
    Scala 45 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  14. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    67% 33%
    Scala 37 out of 55 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  15. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    66% 34%
    Scala 36 out of 54 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  16. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    66% 34%
    Scala 18 out of 27 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  17. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    65% 35%
    Scala 44 out of 67 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  18. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    65% 35%
    Scala 19 out of 29 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  19. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    64% 36%
    Scala 36 out of 56 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  20. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    63% 37%
    Scala 42 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  21. This language has an annoying syntax

    62% 38%
    Scala 22 out of 35 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  22. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    62% 38%
    Scala 40 out of 64 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    62% 38%
    Scala 46 out of 74 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  24. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    62% 38%
    Scala 41 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  25. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    61% 39%
    Scala 39 out of 63 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  26. I use many applications written in this language

    61% 39%
    Scala 43 out of 70 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  27. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    Scala 44 out of 72 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  28. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    60% 40%
    Scala 39 out of 64 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  29. This is a low level language

    60% 40%
    Scala 39 out of 64 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  30. I know many other people who use this language

    60% 40%
    Scala 37 out of 61 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  31. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    60% 40%
    Scala 23 out of 38 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  32. This language is good for scientific computing

    60% 40%
    Scala 38 out of 63 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  33. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    60% 40%
    Scala 30 out of 50 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  34. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    59% 41%
    Scala 49 out of 82 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  35. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    59% 41%
    Scala 43 out of 72 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  36. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    59% 41%
    Scala 34 out of 57 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  37. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    57% 43%
    Scala 44 out of 76 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  38. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    57% 43%
    Scala 45 out of 78 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  39. I would use this language for a web project

    57% 43%
    Scala 38 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  40. This language is best for very large projects

    57% 43%
    Scala 38 out of 66 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  41. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    57% 43%
  42. I would use this language for writing server programs

    56% 44%
    Scala 38 out of 67 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  43. This language is good for distributed computing

    56% 44%
    Scala 34 out of 60 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  44. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    56% 44%
  45. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    56% 44%
    Scala 23 out of 41 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  46. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    55% 45%
    Scala 24 out of 43 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  47. This language is well documented

    55% 45%
    Scala 36 out of 65 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  48. This language has a very dogmatic community

    55% 45%
    Scala 36 out of 65 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  49. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    54% 46%
    Scala 34 out of 62 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  50. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    54% 46%
    Scala 32 out of 59 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  51. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    54% 46%
    Scala 20 out of 37 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  52. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    53% 47%
    Scala 22 out of 41 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  53. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    53% 47%
    Scala 32 out of 60 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  54. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    53% 47%
    Scala 26 out of 49 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  55. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    Scala 26 out of 49 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  56. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    52% 48%
    Scala 29 out of 55 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  57. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    52% 48%
    Scala 30 out of 57 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  58. I know this language well

    51% 49%
    Scala 358 out of 689 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  59. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    51% 49%
    Scala 28 out of 54 picked Scala over Clojure Clojure
  60. I would use this language for mobile applications

    50% 50%
    Scala 33 out of 66 each for Clojure and Scala Clojure
  61. I would list this language on my resume

    50% 50%
    Scala 29 out of 58 each for Clojure and Scala Clojure
  62. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    49% 51%
    Scala 33 out of 65 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  63. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    Scala 31 out of 61 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  64. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    48% 52%
    Scala 22 out of 43 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  65. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    48% 52%
    Scala 34 out of 66 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  66. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    46% 54%
    Scala 17 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  67. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    46% 54%
    Scala 34 out of 64 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  68. I regularly use this language

    45% 55%
    Scala 35 out of 64 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  69. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    43% 57%
    Scala 42 out of 75 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  70. This language excels at text processing

    43% 57%
    Scala 36 out of 64 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  71. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    43% 57%
    Scala 18 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  72. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    43% 57%
    Scala 37 out of 65 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  73. Code written in this language is very readable

    42% 58%
    Scala 36 out of 63 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  74. I would use this language for casual scripting

    42% 58%
    Scala 43 out of 75 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  75. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    42% 58%
    Scala 41 out of 71 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  76. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    42% 58%
    Scala 33 out of 57 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  77. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    41% 59%
    Scala 18 out of 31 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  78. I enjoy using this language

    41% 59%
    Scala 49 out of 84 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  79. This is a high level language

    41% 59%
    Scala 49 out of 84 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  80. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    Scala 17 out of 29 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  81. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    40% 60%
    Scala 35 out of 59 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  82. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    40% 60%
    Scala 34 out of 57 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    40% 60%
    Scala 42 out of 70 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  84. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    39% 61%
    Scala 43 out of 71 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  85. I usually use this language on solo projects

    39% 61%
    Scala 42 out of 69 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  86. This language has a niche in which it is great

    38% 62%
    Scala 39 out of 63 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  87. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    38% 62%
    Scala 31 out of 50 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  88. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    37% 63%
    Scala 43 out of 69 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  89. I find code written in this language very elegant

    37% 63%
    Scala 55 out of 88 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  90. This language is good for beginners

    37% 63%
    Scala 42 out of 67 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  91. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    36% 64%
    Scala 41 out of 65 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  92. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    36% 64%
    Scala 33 out of 52 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  93. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    36% 64%
    Scala 16 out of 25 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  94. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    35% 65%
    Scala 44 out of 68 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  95. This language is best for very small projects

    34% 66%
    Scala 44 out of 67 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  96. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    34% 66%
    Scala 23 out of 35 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  97. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    33% 67%
    Scala 45 out of 68 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  98. This language is expressive

    33% 67%
    Scala 50 out of 75 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  99. This language excels at concurrency

    33% 67%
    Scala 48 out of 72 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  100. This language has a good community

    32% 68%
    Scala 39 out of 58 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  101. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    Scala 35 out of 51 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  102. This language is very flexible

    29% 71%
    Scala 48 out of 68 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  103. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    28% 72%
    Scala 25 out of 35 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  104. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    28% 72%
    Scala 23 out of 32 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  105. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    28% 72%
    Scala 41 out of 57 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  106. This language has a high quality implementation

    27% 73%
    Scala 26 out of 36 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  107. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    26% 74%
    Scala 28 out of 38 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  108. This language has a very coherent design

    25% 75%
    Scala 43 out of 58 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  109. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    25% 75%
    Scala 32 out of 43 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  110. This language is minimal

    15% 85%
    Scala 50 out of 59 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure
  111. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    15% 85%
    Scala 28 out of 33 picked Clojure over Scala Clojure

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 Scala and Clojure 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.