programming languages

Rank

C vs Assembler

  1. This is a mainstream language

    96% 4%
    C 281 out of 292 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  2. I use many applications written in this language

    93% 7%
    C 436 out of 467 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  3. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    92% 8%
    C 410 out of 445 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  4. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    91% 9%
    C 241 out of 262 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  5. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    91% 9%
    C 441 out of 480 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  6. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    91% 9%
    C 416 out of 453 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  7. This is a high level language

    91% 9%
    C 451 out of 493 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  8. I would use this language for writing server programs

    91% 9%
    C 406 out of 444 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  9. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    91% 9%
    C 226 out of 248 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  10. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    90% 10%
    C 191 out of 211 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  11. I would use this language for a web project

    90% 10%
    C 399 out of 441 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  12. I know many other people who use this language

    90% 10%
    C 417 out of 461 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.

    90% 10%
    C 216 out of 240 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  14. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    89% 11%
    C 225 out of 251 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  15. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    89% 11%
    C 199 out of 222 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  16. This language excels at text processing

    89% 11%
    C 380 out of 424 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  17. This language is best for very large projects

    89% 11%
    C 393 out of 439 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  18. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    89% 11%
    C 341 out of 382 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  19. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    89% 11%
    C 431 out of 483 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  20. I would use this language for casual scripting

    89% 11%
    C 421 out of 472 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  21. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    89% 11%
    C 367 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  22. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    88% 12%
    C 381 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  23. I know this language well

    88% 12%
    C 3456 out of 3914 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  24. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    87% 13%
    C 406 out of 462 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  25. There are many good tools for this language

    86% 14%
    C 381 out of 438 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  26. I regularly use this language

    86% 14%
    C 436 out of 502 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  27. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 416 out of 479 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  28. This language is good for scientific computing

    86% 14%
    C 372 out of 432 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  29. This language is expressive

    86% 14%
    C 415 out of 482 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  30. Code written in this language is very readable

    85% 15%
    C 378 out of 441 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  31. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    85% 15%
    C 361 out of 423 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  32. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    85% 15%
    C 341 out of 400 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  33. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 358 out of 421 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  34. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    84% 16%
    C 376 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  35. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    84% 16%
    C 420 out of 497 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  36. This language excels at concurrency

    84% 16%
    C 342 out of 405 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  37. This language is good for distributed computing

    84% 16%
    C 351 out of 417 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  38. This language has a good community

    84% 16%
    C 342 out of 407 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  39. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    83% 17%
    C 201 out of 240 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  40. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    83% 17%
    C 371 out of 444 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  41. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    83% 17%
    C 328 out of 393 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  42. I find this language easy to prototype in

    83% 17%
    C 382 out of 458 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  43. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    83% 17%
    C 332 out of 400 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  44. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    82% 18%
    C 356 out of 432 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  45. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    82% 18%
    C 341 out of 415 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  46. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    81% 19%
    C 341 out of 416 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  47. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 336 out of 410 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  48. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    81% 19%
    C 351 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  49. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    80% 20%
    C 326 out of 403 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  50. I would use this language for mobile applications

    80% 20%
    C 359 out of 445 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  51. This language is well documented

    80% 20%
    C 340 out of 424 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  52. I would list this language on my resume

    80% 20%
    C 358 out of 447 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  53. I find code written in this language very elegant

    79% 21%
    C 384 out of 484 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  54. This language is good for beginners

    78% 22%
    C 367 out of 466 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  55. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    78% 22%
    C 206 out of 262 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  56. This language is large

    77% 23%
    C 319 out of 413 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  57. I usually use this language on solo projects

    76% 24%
    C 357 out of 464 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    76% 24%
    C 334 out of 438 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  59. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    75% 25%
    C 322 out of 424 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  60. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 370 out of 490 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  61. I enjoy using this language

    74% 26%
    C 373 out of 498 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  62. I use this language out of choice

    74% 26%
    C 309 out of 413 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  63. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    74% 26%
    C 306 out of 409 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  64. This language is very flexible

    73% 27%
    C 340 out of 460 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  65. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    71% 29%
    C 273 out of 384 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  66. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 170 out of 244 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 226 out of 329 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  68. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    68% 32%
    C 298 out of 435 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. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    66% 34%
    C 292 out of 438 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  71. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    66% 34%
    C 259 out of 389 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  72. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    66% 34%
    C 268 out of 406 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  73. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    65% 35%
    C 244 out of 370 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    64% 36%
    C 265 out of 410 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  75. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    64% 36%
    C 291 out of 453 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  76. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    62% 38%
    C 179 out of 288 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  77. This language has a very coherent design

    60% 40%
    C 248 out of 409 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  78. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    60% 40%
    C 221 out of 365 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  79. This language is best for very small projects

    60% 40%
    C 258 out of 427 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  80. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    59% 41%
    C 264 out of 441 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  81. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    59% 41%
    C 73 out of 123 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  82. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    57% 43%
    C 245 out of 426 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  83. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 158 out of 279 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  84. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    55% 45%
    C 81 out of 145 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  85. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    50% 50%
    C 217 out of 427 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  86. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    50% 50%
    C 179 out of 355 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  87. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    50% 50%
    C 199 out of 396 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  88. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    49% 51%
    C 113 out of 223 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  89. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    49% 51%
    C 129 out of 254 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  90. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    47% 53%
    C 202 out of 387 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  91. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    43% 57%
    C 260 out of 461 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  92. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    42% 58%
    C 261 out of 454 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  93. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    42% 58%
    C 204 out of 354 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  94. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 235 out of 370 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  95. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 291 out of 457 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  96. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    36% 64%
    C 207 out of 325 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  97. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    35% 65%
    C 292 out of 455 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  98. This language has a niche in which it is great

    35% 65%
    C 275 out of 427 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  99. This language is minimal

    32% 68%
    C 279 out of 411 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  100. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
    C 181 out of 261 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  101. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    C 316 out of 454 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 158 out of 221 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    24% 76%
    C 365 out of 484 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  104. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    24% 76%
    C 303 out of 399 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  105. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    21% 79%
    C 280 out of 355 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  106. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    20% 80%
    C 391 out of 494 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  107. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    18% 82%
    C 183 out of 224 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  108. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    18% 82%
    C 159 out of 194 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  109. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    15% 85%
    C 368 out of 436 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  110. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    10% 90%
    C 457 out of 510 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  111. This is a low level language

    9% 91%
    C 494 out of 544 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.