programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1068 out of 1148 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 889 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 708 out of 822 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 916 out of 1082 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 780 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 781 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 740 out of 957 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 713 out of 929 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 812 out of 1064 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 749 out of 988 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 715 out of 944 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 511 out of 679 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 699 out of 930 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 795 out of 1065 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 728 out of 1021 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 485 out of 686 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 429 out of 617 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 451 out of 666 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    65% 35%
    C 623 out of 947 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.

    65% 35%
    C 382 out of 581 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 643 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 643 out of 983 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 645 out of 988 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 366 out of 569 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 674 out of 1056 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 693 out of 1101 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 611 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 647 out of 1043 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 602 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 632 out of 1026 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5567 out of 9181 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 671 out of 1124 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 590 out of 1014 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 560 out of 970 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 623 out of 1084 picked C over C++ C++
  37. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    56% 44%
    C 522 out of 924 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 614 out of 1099 picked C over C++ C++
  39. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    55% 45%
    C 188 out of 337 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

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

    55% 45%
    C 580 out of 1047 picked C over C++ C++
  42. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 534 out of 964 picked C over C++ C++
  43. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 544 out of 983 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 502 out of 919 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 503 out of 933 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 514 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 524 out of 986 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 530 out of 1008 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 595 out of 1139 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 503 out of 980 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 505 out of 986 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 443 out of 869 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 523 out of 1028 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 545 out of 1082 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 494 out of 984 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 561 out of 1109 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 384 out of 757 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 522 out of 1023 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 495 out of 962 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 559 out of 1085 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 588 out of 1141 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    48% 52%
    C 326 out of 629 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 536 out of 1022 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 523 out of 993 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 344 out of 648 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 325 out of 607 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 364 out of 678 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 560 out of 1037 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 591 out of 1063 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 626 out of 1121 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    43% 57%
    C 486 out of 865 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 333 out of 586 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 499 out of 873 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 346 out of 603 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 527 out of 911 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

    42% 58%
    C 252 out of 435 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 600 out of 1033 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 344 out of 591 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 523 out of 890 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 474 out of 804 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 553 out of 922 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 647 out of 1077 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 592 out of 976 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    39% 61%
    C 360 out of 591 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    38% 62%
    C 603 out of 983 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 510 out of 824 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 577 out of 930 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 591 out of 948 picked C++ over C C++
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 466 out of 746 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 368 out of 571 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 689 out of 1066 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 662 out of 1016 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 623 out of 947 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 667 out of 989 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

    31% 69%
    C 605 out of 888 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 680 out of 976 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 605 out of 862 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 374 out of 526 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 452 out of 634 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 735 out of 1028 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 785 out of 1088 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 598 out of 825 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 739 out of 1002 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 801 out of 1086 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 754 out of 1015 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 499 out of 658 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 886 out of 1101 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 728 out of 882 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 806 out of 924 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 997 out of 1110 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 855 out of 941 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.