programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1101 out of 1182 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 917 out of 1013 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 724 out of 842 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 941 out of 1114 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 804 out of 1000 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 805 out of 1011 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 763 out of 985 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 733 out of 952 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 833 out of 1094 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 742 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 776 out of 1024 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 541 out of 717 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 721 out of 958 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 823 out of 1104 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 746 out of 1054 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 507 out of 722 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 452 out of 649 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 467 out of 690 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 646 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 663 out of 1008 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 401 out of 610 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 658 out of 1003 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 664 out of 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 383 out of 601 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 689 out of 1088 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 709 out of 1131 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 628 out of 1010 picked C over C++ C++
  29. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 618 out of 998 picked C over C++ C++
  30. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 668 out of 1079 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 651 out of 1060 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5726 out of 9445 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 686 out of 1155 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 608 out of 1041 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 575 out of 999 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 642 out of 1123 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 199 out of 352 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 634 out of 1131 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 959 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 556 out of 1000 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 594 out of 1075 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 555 out of 1010 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 546 out of 999 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 515 out of 946 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 519 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 547 out of 1020 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 523 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 551 out of 1044 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 609 out of 1165 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 520 out of 1013 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 889 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 515 out of 1012 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 539 out of 1065 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 513 out of 1016 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 559 out of 1116 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 576 out of 1137 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 401 out of 785 picked C++ over C C++
  58. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 509 out of 992 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 540 out of 1051 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 604 out of 1173 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 576 out of 1117 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 545 out of 1044 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 351 out of 670 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 545 out of 1027 picked C++ over C C++
  65. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 379 out of 713 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 364 out of 683 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 577 out of 1075 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 347 out of 640 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 501 out of 902 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 610 out of 1092 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 646 out of 1154 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 510 out of 894 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 351 out of 614 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 364 out of 633 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 545 out of 946 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 267 out of 459 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 483 out of 827 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 537 out of 917 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 364 out of 620 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 629 out of 1069 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 568 out of 950 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 670 out of 1109 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 610 out of 1006 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 616 out of 1011 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 383 out of 624 picked C++ over C C++
  86. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 478 out of 768 picked C++ over C C++
  87. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 530 out of 851 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 597 out of 957 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 611 out of 976 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 389 out of 605 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 711 out of 1096 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 686 out of 1046 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 641 out of 976 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 621 out of 919 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 688 out of 1016 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 701 out of 1003 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 621 out of 884 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 474 out of 667 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 392 out of 551 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 762 out of 1066 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 809 out of 1127 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 611 out of 845 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 825 out of 1120 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 769 out of 1037 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 776 out of 1046 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 528 out of 697 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 915 out of 1134 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 756 out of 915 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 830 out of 953 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1029 out of 1143 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    8% 92%
    C 889 out of 976 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.