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C vs MATLAB: What are the differences?

Developers describe C as "One of the most widely used programming languages of all time". . On the other hand, MATLAB is detailed as "A high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming". Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.

C and MATLAB can be primarily classified as "Languages" tools.

"Performance" is the top reason why over 52 developers like C, while over 8 developers mention "Simulink" as the leading cause for choosing MATLAB.

According to the StackShare community, C has a broader approval, being mentioned in 64 company stacks & 251 developers stacks; compared to MATLAB, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

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Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.
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What are some alternatives to C and MATLAB?
Java
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!
Python
Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
PHP
Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.
JavaScript
JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.
HTML5
HTML5 is a core technology markup language of the Internet used for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web. As of October 2014 this is the final and complete fifth revision of the HTML standard of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The previous version, HTML 4, was standardised in 1997.
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Decisions about C and MATLAB
marcoalmeida
marcoalmeida
Go
Go
C
C
Python
Python
Rust
Rust

One important decision for delivering a platform independent solution with low memory footprint and minimal dependencies was the choice of the programming language. We considered a few from Python (there was already a reasonably large Python code base at Thumbtack), to Go (we were taking our first steps with it), and even Rust (too immature at the time).

We ended up writing it in C. It was easy to meet all requirements with only one external dependency for implementing the web server, clearly no challenges running it on any of the Linux distributions we were maintaining, and arguably the implementation with the smallest memory footprint given the choices above.

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Conor Myhrvold
Conor Myhrvold
Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber | 11 upvotes 571.8K views
atUber TechnologiesUber Technologies
C
C
Java
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript

Why Uber developed H3, our open source grid system to make geospatial data visualization and exploration easier and more efficient:

We decided to create H3 to combine the benefits of a hexagonal global grid system with a hierarchical indexing system. A global grid system usually requires at least two things: a map projection and a grid laid on top of the map. For map projection, we chose to use gnomonic projections centered on icosahedron faces. This projects from Earth as a sphere to an icosahedron, a twenty-sided platonic solid. The H3 grid is constructed by laying out 122 base cells over the Earth, with ten cells per face. H3 supports sixteen resolutions: https://eng.uber.com/h3/

(GitHub Pages : https://uber.github.io/h3/#/ Written in C w/ bindings in Java & JavaScript )

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Dan Larsen
Dan Larsen
CTO at FlowStack | 7 upvotes 73K views
atFlowStack ApSFlowStack ApS
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Go
Rust
Rust
C
C
C++
C++

At FlowStack we write most of our backend in Go. Go is a well thought out language, with all the right compromises for speedy development of speedy and robust software. It's tooling is part of what makes Go such a great language. Testing and benchmarking is built into the language, in a way that makes it easy to ensure correctness and high performance. In most cases you can get more performance out of Rust and C or C++, but getting everything right is more cumbersome.

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papaver uses CC

been programming in c for over a decade, since learning it in college. still use it for various low level projects. used it recently to develop an embedded application for a custom board.

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micro systems uses CC

The core of the arcapos applications is written in C, so are most of the Lua modules (bindings to various hardware or protocols).

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Sqreen uses CC

The Sqreen PHP agent is both a PHP extension, built in C, and a daemon built in Python.

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Ralic Lo uses MATLABMATLAB

For math calculation and solve partial differential equation numerically.

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POROWNEO.PL uses CC

Axis2/c, rampart/c, savan/c, barbershop and custom php extensions.

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Eliana Abraham uses MATLABMATLAB

I used to be an EE major so you can see where that comes from.

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Solcast uses MATLABMATLAB

Prediction, modelling, and simulation for Solar predictions

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Vaultize uses CC

Used in backend and clients for performance heavy tasks.

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