programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 1061 out of 1141 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 883 out of 975 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 703 out of 817 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 912 out of 1077 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 775 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 776 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 736 out of 950 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 710 out of 926 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 807 out of 1058 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 746 out of 983 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 710 out of 938 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 508 out of 676 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 695 out of 926 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 792 out of 1059 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 722 out of 1013 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 482 out of 680 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 425 out of 611 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    68% 32%
    C 447 out of 657 picked C over C++ C++
  20. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    66% 34%
    C 381 out of 577 picked C over C++ C++
  21. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    65% 35%
    C 620 out of 940 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 642 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 642 out of 980 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 643 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 363 out of 564 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 670 out of 1050 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 690 out of 1096 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 610 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 646 out of 1039 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 597 out of 966 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 629 out of 1020 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5546 out of 9143 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 669 out of 1120 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 589 out of 1007 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 557 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 621 out of 1079 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 517 out of 917 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 187 out of 333 picked C over C++ C++
  39. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 611 out of 1093 picked C over C++ C++
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 533 out of 955 picked C over C++ C++
  41. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 541 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 541 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 575 out of 1039 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 500 out of 915 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 498 out of 925 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 514 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 521 out of 982 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 1007 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 592 out of 1132 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 499 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 503 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 522 out of 1024 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 439 out of 863 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 544 out of 1077 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 490 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 559 out of 1104 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 382 out of 754 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 517 out of 1017 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 583 out of 1133 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 555 out of 1078 picked C++ over C C++
  61. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 493 out of 957 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 324 out of 622 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 533 out of 1016 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 519 out of 986 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 342 out of 641 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 322 out of 603 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 362 out of 673 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 557 out of 1030 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 588 out of 1056 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 622 out of 1114 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 481 out of 859 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 330 out of 580 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 495 out of 866 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 345 out of 602 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 523 out of 906 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 249 out of 430 picked C++ over C C++
  77. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 340 out of 586 picked C++ over C C++
  78. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 598 out of 1029 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 522 out of 886 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 472 out of 801 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 550 out of 918 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 643 out of 1071 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 586 out of 969 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    39% 61%
    C 356 out of 585 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 597 out of 973 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 507 out of 819 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 575 out of 926 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 588 out of 944 picked C++ over C C++
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 464 out of 743 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 362 out of 564 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 686 out of 1062 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 659 out of 1012 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 619 out of 942 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 662 out of 982 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 600 out of 883 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 676 out of 971 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 602 out of 859 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 370 out of 522 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 447 out of 629 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 731 out of 1024 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 781 out of 1082 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 591 out of 816 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 734 out of 997 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 796 out of 1080 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 749 out of 1008 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 493 out of 651 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 881 out of 1095 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 723 out of 876 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 802 out of 919 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 990 out of 1103 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 849 out of 935 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.