programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1108 out of 1189 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 920 out of 1017 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 728 out of 847 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 944 out of 1119 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 806 out of 1004 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 808 out of 1016 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 766 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    77% 23%
    C 737 out of 957 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 835 out of 1099 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 747 out of 984 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 778 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 725 out of 964 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 544 out of 724 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 828 out of 1111 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 747 out of 1059 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 511 out of 728 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 454 out of 653 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 472 out of 696 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 649 out of 983 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 667 out of 1013 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 662 out of 1011 picked C over C++ C++
  23. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    C 404 out of 617 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 667 out of 1025 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 385 out of 607 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 693 out of 1094 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 713 out of 1136 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 629 out of 1017 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 670 out of 1085 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 619 out of 1004 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 655 out of 1067 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5746 out of 9489 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 687 out of 1159 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 611 out of 1046 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 577 out of 1006 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 646 out of 1129 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 200 out of 354 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 638 out of 1138 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 537 out of 964 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 558 out of 1005 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 598 out of 1081 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 558 out of 1016 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 547 out of 1006 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 516 out of 949 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 522 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 549 out of 1025 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    52% 48%
    C 525 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 554 out of 1051 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 612 out of 1171 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 522 out of 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 456 out of 893 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 516 out of 1017 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 541 out of 1070 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 516 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 562 out of 1120 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 580 out of 1143 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 403 out of 789 picked C++ over C C++
  58. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 512 out of 998 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 543 out of 1054 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 580 out of 1125 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 609 out of 1179 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 548 out of 1049 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 357 out of 678 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 548 out of 1031 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 366 out of 688 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 384 out of 720 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 582 out of 1081 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 354 out of 647 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 504 out of 908 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 616 out of 1099 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    C 650 out of 1159 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 510 out of 897 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 353 out of 617 picked C++ over C C++
  74. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 549 out of 952 picked C++ over C C++
  75. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 369 out of 639 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 270 out of 465 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 485 out of 832 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 365 out of 624 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 540 out of 922 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 632 out of 1075 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 570 out of 953 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 673 out of 1113 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 613 out of 1010 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 618 out of 1017 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 387 out of 629 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 534 out of 859 picked C++ over C C++
  87. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 480 out of 771 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 602 out of 963 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 614 out of 980 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 392 out of 611 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 715 out of 1102 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 690 out of 1052 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 645 out of 982 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 626 out of 926 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 694 out of 1022 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 705 out of 1010 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 625 out of 888 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 395 out of 557 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    29% 71%
    C 477 out of 672 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 766 out of 1072 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 810 out of 1132 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 616 out of 850 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 831 out of 1126 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 779 out of 1051 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 774 out of 1044 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 532 out of 704 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 920 out of 1140 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 759 out of 919 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 834 out of 957 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1036 out of 1151 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    8% 92%
    C 894 out of 982 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.