programming languages

Rank

C vs Assembler

  1. This is a mainstream language

    95% 5%
    C 285 out of 297 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  2. I use many applications written in this language

    93% 7%
    C 439 out of 471 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  3. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    92% 8%
    C 413 out of 448 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  4. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    92% 8%
    C 244 out of 265 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  5. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    91% 9%
    C 443 out of 482 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  6. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    91% 9%
    C 419 out of 456 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  7. This is a high level language

    91% 9%
    C 456 out of 498 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  8. I would use this language for writing server programs

    91% 9%
    C 410 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  9. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    91% 9%
    C 229 out of 251 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  10. I know many other people who use this language

    90% 10%
    C 420 out of 464 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  11. I would use this language for a web project

    90% 10%
    C 400 out of 442 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  12. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    90% 10%
    C 194 out of 215 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 218 out of 243 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  14. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    89% 11%
    C 226 out of 252 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  15. This language excels at text processing

    89% 11%
    C 382 out of 426 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  16. This language is best for very large projects

    89% 11%
    C 398 out of 444 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  17. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    89% 11%
    C 199 out of 222 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  18. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    89% 11%
    C 346 out of 387 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  19. I would use this language for casual scripting

    89% 11%
    C 423 out of 474 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  20. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    89% 11%
    C 370 out of 415 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  21. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    89% 11%
    C 431 out of 484 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  22. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    88% 12%
    C 386 out of 434 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  23. I know this language well

    88% 12%
    C 3482 out of 3943 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  24. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    87% 13%
    C 408 out of 464 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  25. There are many good tools for this language

    87% 13%
    C 385 out of 442 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  26. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 420 out of 483 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  27. I regularly use this language

    86% 14%
    C 438 out of 504 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  28. This language is expressive

    86% 14%
    C 418 out of 485 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  29. This language is good for scientific computing

    86% 14%
    C 373 out of 433 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  30. Code written in this language is very readable

    85% 15%
    C 383 out of 446 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  31. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    85% 15%
    C 345 out of 404 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  32. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    85% 15%
    C 362 out of 424 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  33. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 361 out of 424 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  34. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    84% 16%
    C 379 out of 446 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  35. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    84% 16%
    C 422 out of 499 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  36. This language excels at concurrency

    84% 16%
    C 345 out of 408 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  37. This language is good for distributed computing

    84% 16%
    C 355 out of 421 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  38. This language has a good community

    83% 17%
    C 345 out of 411 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 203 out of 242 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  40. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    83% 17%
    C 374 out of 447 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  41. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    83% 17%
    C 331 out of 396 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  42. I find this language easy to prototype in

    83% 17%
    C 385 out of 461 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  43. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    83% 17%
    C 334 out of 402 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  44. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    82% 18%
    C 360 out of 436 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  45. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    82% 18%
    C 343 out of 417 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  46. This language is good for numeric computing

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

    82% 18%
    C 343 out of 418 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  48. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    82% 18%
    C 356 out of 434 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

    81% 19%
    C 329 out of 406 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  50. I would use this language for mobile applications

    80% 20%
    C 360 out of 446 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  51. This language is well documented

    80% 20%
    C 343 out of 427 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  52. I would list this language on my resume

    80% 20%
    C 360 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  53. I find code written in this language very elegant

    79% 21%
    C 388 out of 488 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  54. This language is good for beginners

    78% 22%
    C 371 out of 470 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  55. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    78% 22%
    C 208 out of 264 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  56. This language is large

    77% 23%
    C 322 out of 417 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  57. I usually use this language on solo projects

    76% 24%
    C 360 out of 468 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    76% 24%
    C 336 out of 440 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  59. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    75% 25%
    C 323 out of 426 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  60. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 374 out of 494 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  61. I enjoy using this language

    75% 25%
    C 375 out of 500 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  62. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    74% 26%
    C 308 out of 411 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  63. I use this language out of choice

    74% 26%
    C 310 out of 414 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  64. This language is very flexible

    74% 26%
    C 342 out of 462 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  65. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    70% 30%
    C 273 out of 386 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  66. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 173 out of 248 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  67. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    69% 31%
    C 230 out of 333 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  68. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    68% 32%
    C 300 out of 438 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 297 out of 444 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  71. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    66% 34%
    C 260 out of 390 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  72. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    66% 34%
    C 245 out of 371 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  73. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    65% 35%
    C 269 out of 408 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    64% 36%
    C 266 out of 411 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  75. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    64% 36%
    C 293 out of 455 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 183 out of 292 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  77. This language has a very coherent design

    60% 40%
    C 249 out of 410 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  78. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    60% 40%
    C 224 out of 369 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 is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    60% 40%
    C 75 out of 125 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  81. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    59% 41%
    C 265 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  82. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    57% 43%
    C 248 out of 432 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  83. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 160 out of 281 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

    56% 44%
    C 83 out of 148 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  85. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    50% 50%
    C 217 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  86. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    50% 50%
    C 179 out of 356 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  87. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    50% 50%
    C 200 out of 398 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  88. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    49% 51%
    C 130 out of 257 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  89. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    48% 52%
    C 115 out of 225 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 205 out of 393 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  91. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    43% 57%
    C 262 out of 467 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 264 out of 458 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  93. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    42% 58%
    C 206 out of 357 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  94. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 292 out of 460 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  95. 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
  96. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 239 out of 375 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  97. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    35% 65%
    C 294 out of 457 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

    31% 69%
    C 281 out of 413 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  100. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
    C 183 out of 265 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  101. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    C 318 out of 457 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 162 out of 226 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    24% 76%
    C 369 out of 489 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 400 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  105. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    20% 80%
    C 284 out of 359 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 395 out of 499 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  107. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    18% 82%
    C 162 out of 198 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  108. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    17% 83%
    C 188 out of 229 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  109. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    15% 85%
    C 369 out of 437 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  110. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    10% 90%
    C 458 out of 512 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  111. This is a low level language

    9% 91%
    C 497 out of 547 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.