programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1093 out of 1174 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 909 out of 1004 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 721 out of 838 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 936 out of 1107 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 796 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 801 out of 1005 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 757 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 729 out of 947 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 828 out of 1088 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 738 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 769 out of 1017 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 715 out of 950 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 533 out of 709 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 819 out of 1098 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 741 out of 1047 picked C over C++ C++
  17. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    70% 30%
    C 504 out of 717 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 447 out of 642 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 463 out of 684 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 642 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  21. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    66% 34%
    C 400 out of 605 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 659 out of 1003 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 655 out of 997 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 660 out of 1009 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 379 out of 591 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 685 out of 1080 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 708 out of 1125 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 625 out of 1005 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 665 out of 1071 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 613 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 646 out of 1052 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5686 out of 9381 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 682 out of 1148 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 604 out of 1036 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 573 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 638 out of 1114 picked C over C++ C++
  37. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    56% 44%
    C 198 out of 351 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 632 out of 1126 picked C over C++ C++
  39. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    56% 44%
    C 533 out of 951 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 554 out of 994 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 592 out of 1069 picked C over C++ C++
  42. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 545 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  43. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 551 out of 1003 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 512 out of 938 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 516 out of 958 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 540 out of 1011 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 520 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 547 out of 1040 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 608 out of 1160 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 519 out of 1008 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 453 out of 885 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 515 out of 1009 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 534 out of 1054 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 510 out of 1011 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 556 out of 1110 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 573 out of 1132 picked C++ over C C++
  57. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    49% 51%
    C 396 out of 777 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 535 out of 1046 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 506 out of 985 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 599 out of 1166 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 573 out of 1111 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    48% 52%
    C 344 out of 662 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 543 out of 1041 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 540 out of 1020 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 359 out of 677 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 376 out of 706 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 572 out of 1065 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 340 out of 632 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 498 out of 893 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 640 out of 1146 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 607 out of 1085 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 506 out of 889 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 350 out of 611 picked C++ over C C++
  74. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 358 out of 624 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 540 out of 940 picked C++ over C C++
  76. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    41% 59%
    C 263 out of 452 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 479 out of 821 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 359 out of 615 picked C++ over C C++
  79. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 619 out of 1059 picked C++ over C C++
  80. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 535 out of 911 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 566 out of 946 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 666 out of 1102 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 607 out of 1002 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    38% 62%
    C 615 out of 1007 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 380 out of 619 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 525 out of 843 picked C++ over C C++
  87. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 477 out of 765 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 594 out of 952 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 607 out of 971 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 387 out of 600 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 707 out of 1092 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 680 out of 1040 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 637 out of 969 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 683 out of 1011 picked C++ over C C++
  95. 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 619 out of 916 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 693 out of 995 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 618 out of 880 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    29% 71%
    C 469 out of 661 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 387 out of 544 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 756 out of 1058 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 805 out of 1119 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 609 out of 841 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 821 out of 1114 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 762 out of 1030 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 771 out of 1041 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 519 out of 687 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 907 out of 1125 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 749 out of 908 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 825 out of 946 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 1022 out of 1136 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    8% 92%
    C 880 out of 967 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.