programming languages

Rank

C vs Assembler

  1. This is a mainstream language

    95% 5%
    C 216 out of 227 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  2. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    93% 7%
    C 184 out of 197 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  3. I use many applications written in this language

    92% 8%
    C 394 out of 425 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  4. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    92% 8%
    C 185 out of 201 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  5. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    91% 9%
    C 189 out of 206 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  6. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    91% 9%
    C 396 out of 432 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  7. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    91% 9%
    C 370 out of 404 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  8. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    91% 9%
    C 377 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  9. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    90% 10%
    C 158 out of 174 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  10. This is a high level language

    90% 10%
    C 398 out of 439 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  11. I would use this language for writing server programs

    90% 10%
    C 349 out of 386 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  12. I know many other people who use this language

    89% 11%
    C 370 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  13. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    89% 11%
    C 175 out of 195 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  14. I would use this language for a web project

    89% 11%
    C 356 out of 397 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  15. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    89% 11%
    C 154 out of 172 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  16. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    89% 11%
    C 307 out of 344 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  17. This language excels at text processing

    89% 11%
    C 344 out of 386 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  18. I know this language well

    88% 12%
    C 2924 out of 3287 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  19. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    88% 12%
    C 333 out of 375 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  20. This language is best for very large projects

    88% 12%
    C 339 out of 383 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  21. I would use this language for casual scripting

    88% 12%
    C 373 out of 422 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  22. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    88% 12%
    C 378 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  23. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    87% 13%
    C 342 out of 389 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  24. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    87% 13%
    C 366 out of 417 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  25. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 371 out of 430 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  26. I regularly use this language

    86% 14%
    C 395 out of 458 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  27. Code written in this language is very readable

    86% 14%
    C 344 out of 399 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  28. There are many good tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 344 out of 401 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  29. This language is expressive

    85% 15%
    C 379 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  30. This language is good for scientific computing

    85% 15%
    C 324 out of 380 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  31. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    84% 16%
    C 324 out of 383 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  32. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    84% 16%
    C 381 out of 451 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  33. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    84% 16%
    C 336 out of 398 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  34. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    84% 16%
    C 311 out of 369 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  35. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    83% 17%
    C 318 out of 379 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  36. This language excels at concurrency

    83% 17%
    C 310 out of 370 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  37. This language has a good community

    83% 17%
    C 308 out of 368 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  38. I find this language easy to prototype in

    83% 17%
    C 342 out of 409 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  39. This language is good for distributed computing

    83% 17%
    C 305 out of 367 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  40. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    83% 17%
    C 295 out of 355 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  41. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    82% 18%
    C 159 out of 192 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  42. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    82% 18%
    C 302 out of 366 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  43. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    82% 18%
    C 311 out of 377 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  44. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    82% 18%
    C 321 out of 390 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  45. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    81% 19%
    C 301 out of 369 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  46. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    81% 19%
    C 308 out of 378 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  47. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    81% 19%
    C 321 out of 395 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  48. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    81% 19%
    C 303 out of 374 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  49. This language is good for numeric computing

    80% 20%
    C 298 out of 368 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  50. I would list this language on my resume

    80% 20%
    C 311 out of 388 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  51. This language is well documented

    80% 20%
    C 310 out of 387 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  52. I would use this language for mobile applications

    79% 21%
    C 326 out of 409 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  53. I find code written in this language very elegant

    78% 22%
    C 335 out of 425 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  54. This language is good for beginners

    78% 22%
    C 323 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  55. This language is large

    77% 23%
    C 285 out of 369 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  56. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    77% 23%
    C 161 out of 209 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  57. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    76% 24%
    C 304 out of 395 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  58. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    75% 25%
    C 291 out of 383 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  59. I use this language out of choice

    75% 25%
    C 281 out of 370 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  60. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    75% 25%
    C 284 out of 374 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  61. I usually use this language on solo projects

    75% 25%
    C 316 out of 419 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  62. I enjoy using this language

    75% 25%
    C 331 out of 439 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  63. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 326 out of 433 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  64. This language is very flexible

    74% 26%
    C 305 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  65. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    70% 30%
    C 239 out of 337 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  66. This language has a high quality implementation

    70% 30%
    C 138 out of 195 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  67. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    68% 32%
    C 211 out of 309 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  68. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    67% 33%
    C 240 out of 353 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  69. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    67% 33%
    C 46 out of 68 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  70. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    67% 33%
    C 265 out of 394 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  71. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    67% 33%
    C 262 out of 391 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  72. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    66% 34%
    C 240 out of 359 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  73. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    65% 35%
    C 215 out of 327 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  74. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    64% 36%
    C 150 out of 231 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  75. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    63% 37%
    C 263 out of 411 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  76. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    62% 38%
    C 66 out of 106 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  77. This language has a very dogmatic community

    62% 38%
    C 226 out of 364 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  78. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    61% 39%
    C 199 out of 325 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  79. This language has a very coherent design

    60% 40%
    C 214 out of 354 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  80. This language is best for very small projects

    60% 40%
    C 233 out of 386 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  81. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    58% 42%
    C 234 out of 399 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  82. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    58% 42%
    C 218 out of 374 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  83. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    56% 44%
    C 66 out of 117 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  84. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 125 out of 224 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  85. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    51% 49%
    C 191 out of 373 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  86. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    50% 50%
    C 106 out of 210 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  87. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    50% 50%
    C 159 out of 317 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  88. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    48% 52%
    C 179 out of 350 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  89. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    46% 54%
    C 181 out of 341 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  90. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    46% 54%
    C 100 out of 187 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  91. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    45% 55%
    C 226 out of 413 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  92. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    42% 58%
    C 186 out of 322 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  93. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    41% 59%
    C 236 out of 402 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  94. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 180 out of 290 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  95. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 212 out of 334 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  96. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 263 out of 412 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  97. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    35% 65%
    C 267 out of 415 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  98. This language has a niche in which it is great

    34% 66%
    C 255 out of 389 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  99. This language is minimal

    31% 69%
    C 251 out of 366 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  100. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    C 285 out of 411 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  101. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
    C 147 out of 210 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    25% 75%
    C 118 out of 159 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  103. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    24% 76%
    C 273 out of 362 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  104. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    24% 76%
    C 331 out of 436 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  105. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    22% 78%
    C 341 out of 441 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  106. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    20% 80%
    C 243 out of 306 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  107. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    18% 82%
    C 149 out of 182 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  108. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    17% 83%
    C 128 out of 156 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  109. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    16% 84%
    C 334 out of 398 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  110. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    11% 89%
    C 411 out of 463 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  111. This is a low level language

    9% 91%
    C 445 out of 494 picked Assembler over C Assembler

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 C and Assembler 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.