programming languages

Rank

Scheme vs ELisp

  1. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    100%
    Scheme 14 out of 14 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  2. This language is good for beginners

    94% 6%
    Scheme 53 out of 56 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  3. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    93% 7%
    Scheme 14 out of 15 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  4. This language has a very coherent design

    93% 7%
    Scheme 54 out of 58 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  5. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    Scheme 57 out of 63 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  6. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    90% 10%
    Scheme 18 out of 20 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  7. I find code written in this language very elegant

    88% 12%
    Scheme 53 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  8. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    87% 13%
    Scheme 50 out of 57 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  9. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    87% 13%
    Scheme 48 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  10. I would use this language for a web project

    87% 13%
    Scheme 47 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  11. Code written in this language is very readable

    86% 14%
    Scheme 40 out of 46 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  12. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    85% 15%
    Scheme 42 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  13. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    83% 17%
    Scheme 49 out of 59 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  14. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    83% 17%
    Scheme 44 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  15. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    81% 19%
    Scheme 44 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  16. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    Scheme 43 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  17. This language is very flexible

    80% 20%
    Scheme 50 out of 62 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  18. This language is good for distributed computing

    80% 20%
    Scheme 33 out of 41 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  19. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    80% 20%
    Scheme 8 out of 10 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  20. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    79% 21%
    Scheme 39 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  21. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    79% 21%
    Scheme 50 out of 63 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  22. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    79% 21%
    Scheme 46 out of 58 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  23. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    79% 21%
    Scheme 42 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  24. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    78% 22%
    Scheme 37 out of 47 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  25. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    78% 22%
    Scheme 39 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  26. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    77% 23%
    Scheme 7 out of 9 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  27. I would use this language for writing server programs

    77% 23%
    Scheme 42 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  28. This language is expressive

    77% 23%
    Scheme 45 out of 58 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  29. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    77% 23%
    Scheme 31 out of 40 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  30. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    76% 24%
    Scheme 42 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  31. I would use this language for mobile applications

    76% 24%
    Scheme 42 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  32. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    75% 25%
    Scheme 41 out of 54 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  33. This language is best for very large projects

    75% 25%
    Scheme 37 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  34. This language excels at concurrency

    75% 25%
    Scheme 39 out of 52 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  35. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    75% 25%
    Scheme 12 out of 16 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  36. I find this language easy to prototype in

    74% 26%
    Scheme 44 out of 59 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  37. I enjoy using this language

    74% 26%
    Scheme 41 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  38. I use this language out of choice

    73% 27%
    Scheme 44 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  39. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    72% 28%
    Scheme 13 out of 18 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  40. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    71% 29%
    Scheme 43 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  41. I would list this language on my resume

    71% 29%
    Scheme 43 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  42. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    71% 29%
    Scheme 35 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  43. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    Scheme 12 out of 17 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  44. This is a high level language

    70% 30%
    Scheme 43 out of 61 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  45. This language has a very dogmatic community

    70% 30%
    Scheme 35 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  46. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    69% 31%
    Scheme 51 out of 73 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  47. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    69% 31%
    Scheme 39 out of 56 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  48. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    69% 31%
    Scheme 32 out of 46 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  49. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    68% 32%
    Scheme 31 out of 45 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  50. This language has a high quality implementation

    68% 32%
    Scheme 11 out of 16 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  51. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    68% 32%
    Scheme 33 out of 48 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  52. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    68% 32%
    Scheme 34 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  53. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    67% 33%
    Scheme 35 out of 52 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  54. This language has a strong static type system

    66% 34%
    Scheme 38 out of 57 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  55. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    66% 34%
    Scheme 35 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  56. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    65% 35%
    Scheme 36 out of 55 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  57. This language is good for scientific computing

    63% 37%
    Scheme 38 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  58. This language is well documented

    63% 37%
    Scheme 36 out of 57 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  59. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    60% 40%
    Scheme 24 out of 40 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  60. This is a low level language

    59% 41%
    Scheme 29 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  61. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    58% 42%
    Scheme 10 out of 17 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  62. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    57% 43%
    Scheme 30 out of 52 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  63. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    57% 43%
    Scheme 8 out of 14 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  64. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    57% 43%
    Scheme 28 out of 49 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  65. I know this language well

    56% 44%
    Scheme 269 out of 480 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  66. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    56% 44%
    Scheme 28 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  67. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    Scheme 31 out of 56 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  68. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    54% 46%
    Scheme 29 out of 53 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  69. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    52% 48%
    Scheme 26 out of 50 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    51% 49%
    Scheme 31 out of 60 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp
  71. This is a mainstream language

    50% 50%
    Scheme 8 out of 16 each for ELisp and Scheme ELisp
  72. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    50% 50%
    Scheme 7 out of 14 each for ELisp and Scheme ELisp
  73. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    Scheme 27 out of 54 each for ELisp and Scheme ELisp
  74. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    50% 50%
    Scheme 7 out of 14 each for ELisp and Scheme ELisp
  75. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    49% 51%
    Scheme 26 out of 51 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  76. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    Scheme 24 out of 46 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  77. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    47% 53%
    Scheme 28 out of 53 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  78. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    46% 54%
    Scheme 25 out of 47 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  79. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    46% 54%
    Scheme 30 out of 56 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  80. This language has a good community

    46% 54%
    Scheme 30 out of 56 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  81. There are many good tools for this language

    44% 56%
    Scheme 33 out of 59 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  82. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    42% 58%
    Scheme 8 out of 14 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  83. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    Scheme 32 out of 55 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  84. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    41% 59%
    Scheme 35 out of 60 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  85. This language is best for very small projects

    40% 60%
    Scheme 29 out of 49 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  86. I know many other people who use this language

    40% 60%
    Scheme 32 out of 54 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  87. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    40% 60%
    Scheme 36 out of 60 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  88. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    40% 60%
    Scheme 6 out of 10 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  89. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    38% 62%
    Scheme 38 out of 62 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  90. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    37% 63%
    Scheme 5 out of 8 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  91. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    37% 63%
    Scheme 30 out of 48 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  92. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    35% 65%
    Scheme 29 out of 45 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  93. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    Scheme 29 out of 45 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  94. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    34% 66%
    Scheme 29 out of 44 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  95. I regularly use this language

    33% 67%
    Scheme 41 out of 62 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  96. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    33% 67%
    Scheme 22 out of 33 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  97. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    32% 68%
    Scheme 29 out of 43 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  98. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    Scheme 41 out of 59 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  99. This language has a niche in which it is great

    28% 72%
    Scheme 37 out of 52 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  100. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    26% 74%
    Scheme 37 out of 50 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  101. This language has an annoying syntax

    21% 79%
    Scheme 15 out of 19 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  102. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    20% 80%
    Scheme 47 out of 59 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    19% 81%
    Scheme 40 out of 50 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  104. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    18% 82%
    Scheme 13 out of 16 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  105. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    18% 82%
    Scheme 39 out of 48 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  106. I use many applications written in this language

    18% 82%
    Scheme 50 out of 61 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  107. This language excels at text processing

    18% 82%
    Scheme 41 out of 50 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  108. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    17% 83%
    Scheme 42 out of 51 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  109. This language is large

    17% 83%
    Scheme 47 out of 57 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  110. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    12% 88%
    Scheme 7 out of 8 picked ELisp over Scheme ELisp
  111. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    66% 34%
    Scheme 2 out of 3 picked Scheme over ELisp ELisp

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 Scheme and ELisp 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.