programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1132 out of 1214 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 932 out of 1029 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 735 out of 858 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 956 out of 1136 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 821 out of 1021 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 819 out of 1028 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 774 out of 1001 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    77% 23%
    C 747 out of 970 picked C over C++ C++
  10. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 760 out of 1002 picked C over C++ C++
  11. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 846 out of 1116 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 790 out of 1049 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 560 out of 746 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 733 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 836 out of 1126 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 761 out of 1074 picked C over C++ C++
  17. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    69% 31%
    C 524 out of 751 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 466 out of 669 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 481 out of 709 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 662 out of 999 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 676 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 672 out of 1025 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 411 out of 627 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 677 out of 1041 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 399 out of 626 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 706 out of 1112 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 718 out of 1151 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 681 out of 1099 picked C over C++ C++
  29. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 631 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  30. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 638 out of 1035 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 666 out of 1083 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5892 out of 9740 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 696 out of 1177 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 617 out of 1061 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 587 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 654 out of 1145 picked C over C++ C++
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 647 out of 1151 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 205 out of 366 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 544 out of 980 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 564 out of 1020 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 603 out of 1092 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 565 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 558 out of 1025 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 521 out of 963 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 563 out of 1045 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 531 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    52% 48%
    C 531 out of 1003 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 559 out of 1065 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 618 out of 1186 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 533 out of 1040 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 461 out of 904 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 548 out of 1082 picked C over C++ C++
  53. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 522 out of 1031 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 525 out of 1037 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    49% 51%
    C 572 out of 1141 picked C++ over C C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 587 out of 1157 picked C++ over C C++
  57. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 521 out of 1013 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    48% 52%
    C 413 out of 803 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 616 out of 1195 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 588 out of 1140 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 553 out of 1071 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 561 out of 1069 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 366 out of 697 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 559 out of 1047 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 375 out of 702 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 394 out of 737 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 591 out of 1099 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 360 out of 659 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    45% 55%
    C 506 out of 921 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    C 659 out of 1175 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 625 out of 1112 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 516 out of 906 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 363 out of 633 picked C++ over C C++
  74. 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 276 out of 481 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 556 out of 968 picked C++ over C C++
  76. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 377 out of 653 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 494 out of 845 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 549 out of 936 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 376 out of 641 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 640 out of 1085 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 576 out of 963 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 681 out of 1126 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 622 out of 1026 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 630 out of 1037 picked C++ over C C++
  85. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 540 out of 872 picked C++ over C C++
  86. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    38% 62%
    C 486 out of 784 picked C++ over C C++
  87. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 398 out of 642 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 610 out of 977 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 620 out of 992 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 401 out of 627 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 727 out of 1120 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 704 out of 1073 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 653 out of 993 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 631 out of 941 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 706 out of 1040 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    29% 71%
    C 717 out of 1022 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 631 out of 899 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 406 out of 573 picked C++ over C C++
  99. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 774 out of 1087 picked C++ over C C++
  100. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 490 out of 687 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 821 out of 1146 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 627 out of 865 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 841 out of 1140 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 791 out of 1066 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 784 out of 1056 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 545 out of 722 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 933 out of 1157 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 774 out of 934 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 851 out of 977 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1051 out of 1166 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 903 out of 993 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.