Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Elixir
Elixir

1.6K
1.4K
+ 1
900
JRuby
JRuby

61
60
+ 1
30
Add tool

Elixir vs JRuby: What are the differences?

Elixir: Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications. Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain; JRuby: A high performance, stable, fully threaded Java implementation of the Ruby programming language. JRuby is the effort to recreate the Ruby (http://www.ruby-lang.org) interpreter in Java. The Java version is tightly integrated with Java to allow both to script any Java class and to embed the interpreter into any Java application. See the docs directory for more information.

Elixir and JRuby can be categorized as "Languages" tools.

"Concurrency" is the top reason why over 124 developers like Elixir, while over 7 developers mention "Java" as the leading cause for choosing JRuby.

Elixir and JRuby are both open source tools. Elixir with 15.5K GitHub stars and 2.21K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than JRuby with 3.31K GitHub stars and 829 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Elixir has a broader approval, being mentioned in 175 company stacks & 183 developers stacks; compared to JRuby, which is listed in 13 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

What is Elixir?

Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.

What is JRuby?

JRuby is the effort to recreate the Ruby (http://www.ruby-lang.org) interpreter in Java. The Java version is tightly integrated with Java to allow both to script any Java class and to embed the interpreter into any Java application. See the docs directory for more information.
Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose Elixir?
Why do developers choose JRuby?

Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

    Be the first to leave a con
    What companies use Elixir?
    What companies use JRuby?

    Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

    What tools integrate with Elixir?
    What tools integrate with JRuby?

    Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

    What are some alternatives to Elixir and JRuby?
    Go
    Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.
    Erlang
    Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
    Clojure
    Clojure is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system.
    Ruby
    Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.
    Rust
    Rust is a systems programming language that combines strong compile-time correctness guarantees with fast performance. It improves upon the ideas of other systems languages like C++ by providing guaranteed memory safety (no crashes, no data races) and complete control over the lifecycle of memory.
    See all alternatives
    Decisions about Elixir and JRuby
    StackShare Editors
    StackShare Editors
    Erlang
    Erlang
    Elixir
    Elixir
    Consul
    Consul

    Postmates built a tool called Bazaar that helps onboard new partners and handles several routine tasks, like nightly emails to merchants alerting them about items that are out of stock.

    Since they ran Bazaar across multiple instances, the team needed to avoid sending multiple emails to their partners by obtaining lock across multiple hosts. To solve their challenge, they created and open sourced ConsulMutEx, and an Elixir module for acquiring and releasing locks with Consul and other backends.

    It works with Consul’s KV store, as well as other backends, including ets, Erlang’s in-memory database.

    See more
    Sebastian Gębski
    Sebastian Gębski
    CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 7 upvotes · 39.2K views
    atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
    AppSignal
    AppSignal
    Hex
    Hex
    Credo
    Credo
    Erlang
    Erlang
    Phoenix Framework
    Phoenix Framework
    Elixir
    Elixir

    Another major decision was to adopt Elixir and Phoenix Framework - the DX (Developer eXperience) is pretty similar to what we know from RoR, but this tech is running on the top of rock-solid Erlang platform which is powering planet-scale telecom solutions for 20+ years. So we're getting pretty much the best from both worlds: minimum friction & smart conventions that eliminate the excessive boilerplate AND highly concurrent EVM (Erlang's Virtual Machine) that makes all the scalability problems vanish. The transition was very smooth - none of Ruby developers we had decided to leave because of Elixir. What is more, we kept recruiting Ruby developers w/o any requirement regarding Elixir proficiency & we still were able to educate them internally in almost no time. Obviously Elixir comes with some more tools in the stack: Credo , Hex , AppSignal (required to properly monitor BEAM apps).

    See more
    Interest over time
    Reviews of Elixir and JRuby
    Review ofElixirElixir

    i've give a try to Ruby, Crystal, Python and GO, and yeah, for web development i use Elixir-Phoenix, because idk why just amazing, my phoenix app is very stable (comparing to api that written in other language), Ruby is slow, Crystal has unstable API, GO, umm yeah, you need too complicated (i use golang for microservice)

    How developers use Elixir and JRuby
    Avatar of Provide Booking
    Provide Booking uses ElixirElixir

    Huge boon to productivity when coupled with Phoenix. Moreover, it has made background jobs and all the unseen aspects of a business easily abstracted.

    Avatar of Walter
    Walter uses ElixirElixir

    Knowledge collection, collation, and enrichment. Business logic.

    Avatar of Ruben Timmerman
    Ruben Timmerman uses ElixirElixir

    For some internal tools like our email deliverability monitor

    Avatar of Ryan Jennings
    Ryan Jennings uses ElixirElixir

    language used by phoenix framework

    Avatar of olenderhub
    olenderhub uses ElixirElixir

    Elixir and Phoenix are awesome.

    How much does Elixir cost?
    How much does JRuby cost?
    Pricing unavailable
    Pricing unavailable
    News about JRuby
    More news