programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1122 out of 1204 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 928 out of 1025 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 731 out of 853 picked C over C++ C++
  4. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    84% 16%
    C 952 out of 1128 picked C over C++ C++
  5. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    81% 19%
    C 110 out of 135 picked C over C++ C++
  6. This language has a very coherent design

    80% 20%
    C 816 out of 1015 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 814 out of 1022 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 769 out of 993 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    77% 23%
    C 744 out of 964 picked C over C++ C++
  10. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    76% 24%
    C 755 out of 993 picked C over C++ C++
  11. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 839 out of 1106 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 786 out of 1042 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 730 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 553 out of 736 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 833 out of 1120 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 754 out of 1066 picked C over C++ C++
  17. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    69% 31%
    C 517 out of 740 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 460 out of 661 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 477 out of 702 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 658 out of 993 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 672 out of 1022 picked C over C++ C++
  22. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    C 407 out of 621 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 664 out of 1015 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 673 out of 1034 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 392 out of 617 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 701 out of 1105 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 715 out of 1144 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 675 out of 1090 picked C over C++ C++
  29. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 636 out of 1029 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 626 out of 1014 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 660 out of 1073 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5824 out of 9619 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 694 out of 1168 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 614 out of 1056 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 582 out of 1014 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 649 out of 1136 picked C over C++ C++
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 643 out of 1144 picked C over C++ C++
  38. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    56% 44%
    C 203 out of 362 picked C over C++ C++
  39. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    55% 45%
    C 543 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  40. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 600 out of 1084 picked C over C++ C++
  41. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 560 out of 1013 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 559 out of 1022 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 552 out of 1014 picked C over C++ C++
  44. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    54% 46%
    C 518 out of 956 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 529 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 555 out of 1035 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    52% 48%
    C 528 out of 997 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 558 out of 1057 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 615 out of 1177 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 529 out of 1032 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 457 out of 897 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 521 out of 1026 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 546 out of 1076 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 521 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    49% 51%
    C 566 out of 1131 picked C++ over C C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 583 out of 1149 picked C++ over C C++
  57. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    48% 52%
    C 409 out of 796 picked C++ over C C++
  58. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 517 out of 1006 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 611 out of 1187 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 584 out of 1134 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 548 out of 1061 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 360 out of 687 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 556 out of 1061 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 552 out of 1038 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 370 out of 694 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 390 out of 729 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 588 out of 1092 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 358 out of 654 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 505 out of 913 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 654 out of 1168 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 620 out of 1105 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 513 out of 901 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 358 out of 626 picked C++ over C C++
  74. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    42% 58%
    C 274 out of 476 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 552 out of 958 picked C++ over C C++
  76. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 374 out of 646 picked C++ over C C++
  77. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 369 out of 632 picked C++ over C C++
  78. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 489 out of 837 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 544 out of 927 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 635 out of 1078 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 573 out of 957 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 675 out of 1116 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 615 out of 1016 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    39% 61%
    C 626 out of 1028 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 393 out of 636 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 537 out of 864 picked C++ over C C++
  87. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 484 out of 778 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 605 out of 969 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 616 out of 985 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 396 out of 618 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 721 out of 1111 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 696 out of 1061 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 651 out of 988 picked C++ over C C++
  94. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    32% 68%
    C 629 out of 935 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 702 out of 1033 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 708 out of 1013 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 629 out of 895 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 482 out of 678 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 401 out of 564 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 769 out of 1078 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 817 out of 1140 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 623 out of 858 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 837 out of 1135 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 785 out of 1059 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 780 out of 1051 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 538 out of 714 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 928 out of 1150 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 767 out of 927 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 845 out of 970 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1044 out of 1159 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 899 out of 989 picked C++ over C C++

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 C++ 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.