programming languages

Rank

C vs Assembler

  1. This is a mainstream language

    95% 5%
    C 306 out of 320 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  2. I use many applications written in this language

    93% 7%
    C 455 out of 488 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  3. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    92% 8%
    C 266 out of 288 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  4. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    92% 8%
    C 430 out of 466 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  5. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    92% 8%
    C 461 out of 500 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  6. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    91% 9%
    C 429 out of 467 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  7. This is a high level language

    91% 9%
    C 470 out of 515 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  8. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    91% 9%
    C 245 out of 269 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  9. I would use this language for writing server programs

    91% 9%
    C 425 out of 467 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  10. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    90% 10%
    C 207 out of 229 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  11. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    90% 10%
    C 215 out of 238 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  12. I know many other people who use this language

    90% 10%
    C 434 out of 482 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  13. I would use this language for a web project

    90% 10%
    C 415 out of 461 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  14. This language excels at text processing

    89% 11%
    C 397 out of 442 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  15. This language is best for very large projects

    89% 11%
    C 416 out of 464 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  16. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    89% 11%
    C 362 out of 405 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  17. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    89% 11%
    C 452 out of 506 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  18. I would use this language for casual scripting

    89% 11%
    C 442 out of 495 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  19. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    89% 11%
    C 385 out of 432 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 230 out of 259 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  21. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    88% 12%
    C 398 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  22. I know this language well

    88% 12%
    C 3627 out of 4113 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  23. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    87% 13%
    C 424 out of 482 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  24. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    87% 13%
    C 238 out of 271 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  25. There are many good tools for this language

    87% 13%
    C 397 out of 455 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  26. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 432 out of 498 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  27. I regularly use this language

    86% 14%
    C 456 out of 526 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  28. This language is expressive

    86% 14%
    C 432 out of 501 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  29. This language is good for scientific computing

    85% 15%
    C 386 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  30. Code written in this language is very readable

    85% 15%
    C 392 out of 457 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  31. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 375 out of 439 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  32. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    85% 15%
    C 377 out of 442 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  33. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    85% 15%
    C 398 out of 467 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 353 out of 416 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  35. This language is good for distributed computing

    84% 16%
    C 368 out of 435 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  36. This language excels at concurrency

    84% 16%
    C 356 out of 422 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  37. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    84% 16%
    C 345 out of 410 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  38. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    84% 16%
    C 433 out of 515 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  39. I find this language easy to prototype in

    83% 17%
    C 405 out of 483 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  40. This language has a good community

    83% 17%
    C 352 out of 423 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  41. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    83% 17%
    C 386 out of 464 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  42. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    83% 17%
    C 216 out of 260 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  43. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    82% 18%
    C 345 out of 416 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  44. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    82% 18%
    C 377 out of 457 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  45. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    82% 18%
    C 356 out of 434 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  46. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    81% 19%
    C 368 out of 449 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  47. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    81% 19%
    C 354 out of 432 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  48. 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 341 out of 419 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  49. This language is good for numeric computing

    81% 19%
    C 352 out of 433 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  50. I would use this language for mobile applications

    80% 20%
    C 374 out of 462 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  51. I would list this language on my resume

    79% 21%
    C 375 out of 469 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  52. This language is well documented

    79% 21%
    C 354 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  53. This language is good for beginners

    79% 21%
    C 390 out of 491 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  54. I find code written in this language very elegant

    79% 21%
    C 399 out of 503 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  55. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    78% 22%
    C 219 out of 278 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  56. This language is large

    76% 24%
    C 334 out of 435 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  57. I usually use this language on solo projects

    76% 24%
    C 369 out of 482 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  58. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    75% 25%
    C 346 out of 456 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  59. I enjoy using this language

    75% 25%
    C 394 out of 524 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  60. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    75% 25%
    C 333 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  61. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    74% 26%
    C 382 out of 511 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  62. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    74% 26%
    C 318 out of 426 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  63. This language is very flexible

    74% 26%
    C 356 out of 478 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  64. I use this language out of choice

    74% 26%
    C 323 out of 436 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  65. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    71% 29%
    C 286 out of 401 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 239 out of 346 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  67. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    68% 32%
    C 312 out of 454 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  68. This language has a high quality implementation

    68% 32%
    C 182 out of 265 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 310 out of 462 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  71. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    66% 34%
    C 267 out of 401 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  72. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    65% 35%
    C 277 out of 422 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 386 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    65% 35%
    C 273 out of 420 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  75. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    62% 38%
    C 299 out of 475 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 195 out of 312 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  77. This language has a very coherent design

    60% 40%
    C 260 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  78. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    60% 40%
    C 230 out of 380 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  79. This language is best for very small projects

    60% 40%
    C 268 out of 443 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  80. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    59% 41%
    C 273 out of 461 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 78 out of 132 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  82. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    56% 44%
    C 255 out of 451 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  83. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 169 out of 299 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

    54% 46%
    C 90 out of 166 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  85. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    50% 50%
    C 225 out of 448 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  86. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    49% 51%
    C 211 out of 418 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  87. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    49% 51%
    C 189 out of 373 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  88. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    48% 52%
    C 125 out of 241 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 214 out of 411 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  90. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    47% 53%
    C 147 out of 281 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  91. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    43% 57%
    C 268 out of 475 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  92. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    43% 57%
    C 277 out of 488 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  93. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    43% 57%
    C 210 out of 369 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  94. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 246 out of 388 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  95. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 304 out of 479 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  96. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    36% 64%
    C 215 out of 338 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  97. This language has a niche in which it is great

    35% 65%
    C 287 out of 446 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  98. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    34% 66%
    C 311 out of 477 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  99. This language is minimal

    32% 68%
    C 293 out of 433 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  100. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
    C 199 out of 286 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  101. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    C 330 out of 473 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    29% 71%
    C 174 out of 248 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    24% 76%
    C 380 out of 503 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  104. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    24% 76%
    C 313 out of 412 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  105. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    21% 79%
    C 297 out of 376 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 407 out of 514 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  107. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    18% 82%
    C 176 out of 216 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  108. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    17% 83%
    C 208 out of 252 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  109. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    15% 85%
    C 384 out of 455 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  110. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    10% 90%
    C 472 out of 528 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  111. This is a low level language

    8% 92%
    C 518 out of 569 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.