Coding For Dummies
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You have heard of coding languages like Python and Ruby, and you may wonder what the difference is between the two. At a high level, anything you can do with one language you can do with another language. It is like the difference between using a Toyota Prius or a Honda Accord to drive from New York to Boston — both cars will get you from point A to point B but some of the controls will be in different places.

The following is a head to head matchup between Ruby and Python to help you see how the two languages compare to one another.

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Ruby Python
Year invented 1995 1991
Inventor Yukihiro Matsumoto Guido van Rossum
Example sites SoundCloud
Yammer
Bloomberg
Quora
Spotify
Dropbox
Purpose Help programmers be productive, enjoy programming, and be happy Improve readability and consistency of code
Ease for beginners Medium Easy
Popular with Startups and others rapidly prototyping and creating websites Data heavy applications like those used by financial institutions and scientists
Available jobs on Indeed. com in NY 1,500 3,200

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Nikhil Abraham is the CFO of Udacity, an education company that teaches technology skills that help launch or advance a career. Prior to joining Udacity, Abraham worked at Codecademy, where he taught beginning coders across a variety of professions. He is also author of Coding For Dummies and Getting a Coding Job For Dummies.

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