programming languages

Rank

C vs Assembler

  1. This is a mainstream language

    96% 4%
    C 284 out of 295 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  2. I use many applications written in this language

    93% 7%
    C 437 out of 468 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 242 out of 263 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 418 out of 455 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  7. This is a high level language

    91% 9%
    C 453 out of 495 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  8. I would use this language for writing server programs

    91% 9%
    C 408 out of 447 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  9. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    91% 9%
    C 227 out of 249 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  10. I would use this language for a web project

    90% 10%
    C 400 out of 442 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  11. I know many other people who use this language

    90% 10%
    C 418 out of 462 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  12. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    90% 10%
    C 192 out of 213 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 217 out of 241 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  14. This language excels at text processing

    89% 11%
    C 382 out of 426 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  15. This language encourages writing reusable code.

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

    89% 11%
    C 199 out of 222 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  17. This language is best for very large projects

    89% 11%
    C 394 out of 440 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  18. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    89% 11%
    C 342 out of 383 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  19. I would use this language for casual scripting

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

    89% 11%
    C 368 out of 413 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 382 out of 430 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  23. I know this language well

    88% 12%
    C 3459 out of 3918 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

    87% 13%
    C 383 out of 440 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  26. I regularly use this language

    86% 14%
    C 437 out of 503 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  27. This language has a strong static type system

    86% 14%
    C 417 out of 480 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  28. This language is expressive

    86% 14%
    C 417 out of 484 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  29. This language is good for scientific computing

    86% 14%
    C 372 out of 432 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  30. Code written in this language is very readable

    85% 15%
    C 380 out of 443 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 359 out of 422 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  34. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    84% 16%
    C 378 out of 445 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  35. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    84% 16%
    C 421 out of 498 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  36. This language excels at concurrency

    84% 16%
    C 343 out of 406 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  37. This language is good for distributed computing

    84% 16%
    C 352 out of 418 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  38. This language has a good community

    84% 16%
    C 343 out of 408 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 372 out of 445 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  41. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    83% 17%
    C 330 out of 395 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  42. I find this language easy to prototype in

    83% 17%
    C 384 out of 460 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  43. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    83% 17%
    C 333 out of 401 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  44. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    82% 18%
    C 357 out of 433 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 338 out of 412 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  47. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    82% 18%
    C 342 out of 417 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  48. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    81% 19%
    C 352 out of 430 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 328 out of 405 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 342 out of 426 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  52. I would list this language on my resume

    80% 20%
    C 359 out of 448 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  53. I find code written in this language very elegant

    79% 21%
    C 385 out of 485 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 207 out of 263 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  56. This language is large

    77% 23%
    C 321 out of 415 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 336 out of 440 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 372 out of 492 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 309 out of 413 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

    70% 30%
    C 273 out of 385 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  66. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 172 out of 246 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 228 out of 331 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  68. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    68% 32%
    C 299 out of 437 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. 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"

    66% 34%
    C 268 out of 406 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 180 out of 289 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 222 out of 367 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 442 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 74 out of 124 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  82. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    57% 43%
    C 247 out of 429 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  83. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 159 out of 280 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 82 out of 147 picked C over Assembler Assembler
  85. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    50% 50%
    C 217 out of 428 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. 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 203 out of 389 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  91. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    43% 57%
    C 261 out of 464 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 262 out of 456 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 291 out of 458 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 237 out of 372 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 280 out of 412 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  100. This language has an annoying syntax

    30% 70%
    C 182 out of 263 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  101. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    30% 70%
    C 318 out of 456 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  102. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 160 out of 223 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    24% 76%
    C 366 out of 486 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

    21% 79%
    C 282 out of 357 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 393 out of 497 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  107. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    18% 82%
    C 185 out of 226 picked Assembler over C Assembler
  108. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    17% 83%
    C 161 out of 196 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.