programming languages

Rank

C vs Assembler

  1. This is a mainstream language

    95% 5%
    C 298 out of 311 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  2. I use many applications written in this language

    93% 7%
    C 450 out of 483 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  3. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    92% 8%
    C 425 out of 461 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  4. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    92% 8%
    C 455 out of 494 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  5. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    92% 8%
    C 256 out of 278 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  6. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    91% 9%
    C 426 out of 464 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  7. I would use this language for writing server programs

    91% 9%
    C 421 out of 461 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  8. This is a high level language

    91% 9%
    C 465 out of 510 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  9. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    90% 10%
    C 239 out of 263 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  10. I would use this language for a web project

    90% 10%
    C 410 out of 454 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  11. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    90% 10%
    C 202 out of 224 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  12. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    90% 10%
    C 211 out of 234 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  13. I know many other people who use this language

    89% 11%
    C 428 out of 476 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  14. This language excels at text processing

    89% 11%
    C 394 out of 439 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  15. This language is best for very large projects

    89% 11%
    C 409 out of 457 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  16. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    89% 11%
    C 355 out of 398 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  17. I would use this language for casual scripting

    89% 11%
    C 435 out of 488 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  18. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    89% 11%
    C 443 out of 497 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  19. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    88% 12%
    C 380 out of 427 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  20. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    88% 12%
    C 226 out of 254 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  21. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    88% 12%
    C 393 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  22. I know this language well

    88% 12%
    C 3576 out of 4052 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  23. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    87% 13%
    C 234 out of 266 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  24. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    87% 13%
    C 417 out of 475 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  25. There are many good tools for this language

    87% 13%
    C 393 out of 451 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  26. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 430 out of 495 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  27. I regularly use this language

    86% 14%
    C 448 out of 516 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  28. This language is good for scientific computing

    86% 14%
    C 382 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  29. This language is expressive

    86% 14%
    C 428 out of 497 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  30. Code written in this language is very readable

    85% 15%
    C 389 out of 454 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  31. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 371 out of 434 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  32. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    85% 15%
    C 371 out of 436 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  33. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    85% 15%
    C 391 out of 460 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 351 out of 413 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  35. This language is good for distributed computing

    84% 16%
    C 364 out of 431 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  36. This language excels at concurrency

    84% 16%
    C 353 out of 419 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  37. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    84% 16%
    C 430 out of 511 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  38. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    83% 17%
    C 340 out of 405 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  39. I find this language easy to prototype in

    83% 17%
    C 397 out of 475 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  40. This language has a good community

    83% 17%
    C 349 out of 419 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  41. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    83% 17%
    C 381 out of 458 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  42. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    82% 18%
    C 209 out of 252 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  43. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    82% 18%
    C 341 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  44. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    82% 18%
    C 370 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  45. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    82% 18%
    C 366 out of 445 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  46. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    82% 18%
    C 352 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  47. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    81% 19%
    C 351 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  48. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 348 out of 428 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 336 out of 414 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  50. I would use this language for mobile applications

    80% 20%
    C 369 out of 456 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  51. I would list this language on my resume

    80% 20%
    C 371 out of 462 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  52. This language is well documented

    79% 21%
    C 348 out of 437 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  53. I find code written in this language very elegant

    79% 21%
    C 397 out of 499 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  54. This language is good for beginners

    79% 21%
    C 384 out of 484 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  55. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    78% 22%
    C 216 out of 275 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  56. This language is large

    76% 24%
    C 331 out of 431 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  57. I usually use this language on solo projects

    76% 24%
    C 367 out of 479 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    76% 24%
    C 342 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  59. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    75% 25%
    C 330 out of 437 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  60. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    75% 25%
    C 380 out of 506 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  61. I enjoy using this language

    74% 26%
    C 386 out of 515 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  62. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    74% 26%
    C 314 out of 421 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  63. I use this language out of choice

    74% 26%
    C 317 out of 427 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  64. This language is very flexible

    74% 26%
    C 350 out of 472 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  65. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    71% 29%
    C 283 out of 397 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  66. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    69% 31%
    C 237 out of 342 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  67. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    68% 32%
    C 307 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  68. This language has a high quality implementation

    68% 32%
    C 177 out of 260 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

    67% 33%
    C 305 out of 455 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  71. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    66% 34%
    C 265 out of 398 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  72. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    66% 34%
    C 275 out of 416 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  73. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    65% 35%
    C 251 out of 382 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    64% 36%
    C 269 out of 416 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  75. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    63% 37%
    C 298 out of 468 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  76. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    61% 39%
    C 188 out of 305 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  77. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    60% 40%
    C 228 out of 375 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  78. This language has a very coherent design

    60% 40%
    C 256 out of 422 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  79. This language is best for very small projects

    60% 40%
    C 264 out of 437 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  80. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    59% 41%
    C 271 out of 455 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 77 out of 130 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  82. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 165 out of 292 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  83. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    56% 44%
    C 250 out of 444 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 90 out of 160 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  85. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    50% 50%
    C 221 out of 439 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  86. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    49% 51%
    C 206 out of 409 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  87. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    49% 51%
    C 187 out of 368 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  88. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    48% 52%
    C 121 out of 235 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

    47% 53%
    C 212 out of 405 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  90. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    47% 53%
    C 143 out of 273 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  91. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    43% 57%
    C 272 out of 480 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  92. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    43% 57%
    C 266 out of 467 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  93. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    42% 58%
    C 208 out of 364 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  94. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 244 out of 385 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  95. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 300 out of 473 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  96. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    36% 64%
    C 213 out of 334 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  97. This language has a niche in which it is great

    35% 65%
    C 283 out of 437 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  98. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    34% 66%
    C 306 out of 470 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  99. This language is minimal

    32% 68%
    C 290 out of 428 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  100. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
    C 192 out of 278 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  101. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    C 326 out of 468 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    29% 71%
    C 168 out of 239 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    24% 76%
    C 378 out of 501 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  104. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    23% 77%
    C 311 out of 408 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  105. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    20% 80%
    C 401 out of 507 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  106. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    20% 80%
    C 296 out of 372 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  107. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    18% 82%
    C 171 out of 210 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  108. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    17% 83%
    C 201 out of 244 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  109. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    15% 85%
    C 378 out of 448 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  110. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    10% 90%
    C 467 out of 523 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  111. This is a low level language

    9% 91%
    C 508 out of 559 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.