programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1116 out of 1198 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 924 out of 1021 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 729 out of 851 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 949 out of 1124 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 812 out of 1011 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 812 out of 1020 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 768 out of 992 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    77% 23%
    C 742 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  10. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 751 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  11. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 838 out of 1105 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 781 out of 1035 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 728 out of 969 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 549 out of 732 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 829 out of 1115 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 753 out of 1065 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 513 out of 735 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 457 out of 658 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 476 out of 701 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    65% 35%
    C 650 out of 985 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 668 out of 1016 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 405 out of 619 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 664 out of 1015 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 671 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 389 out of 614 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 698 out of 1102 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 714 out of 1141 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 675 out of 1090 picked C over C++ C++
  29. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 635 out of 1026 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 621 out of 1008 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 656 out of 1069 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5795 out of 9575 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 693 out of 1166 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 612 out of 1051 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 579 out of 1011 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 647 out of 1133 picked C over C++ C++
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 641 out of 1142 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).

    55% 45%
    C 202 out of 361 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 542 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 560 out of 1010 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 600 out of 1083 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 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 550 out of 1011 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 518 out of 955 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 524 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 552 out of 1031 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    52% 48%
    C 527 out of 995 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 557 out of 1056 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 613 out of 1174 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 525 out of 1027 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 457 out of 896 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 519 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 543 out of 1072 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 518 out of 1027 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    49% 51%
    C 565 out of 1128 picked C++ over C C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 582 out of 1146 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 407 out of 794 picked C++ over C C++
  58. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 514 out of 1002 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 545 out of 1057 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 610 out of 1183 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 584 out of 1130 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 553 out of 1056 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 359 out of 683 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 551 out of 1035 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 369 out of 692 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 389 out of 727 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 585 out of 1087 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 357 out of 652 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 504 out of 912 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 652 out of 1165 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 619 out of 1103 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 511 out of 899 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 358 out of 624 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 272 out of 472 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 551 out of 956 picked C++ over C C++
  76. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    41% 59%
    C 373 out of 643 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 489 out of 837 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 367 out of 627 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 543 out of 926 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 633 out of 1076 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 572 out of 956 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 674 out of 1115 picked C++ over C C++
  83. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    39% 61%
    C 619 out of 1021 picked C++ over C C++
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 615 out of 1014 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 392 out of 634 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 535 out of 861 picked C++ over C C++
  87. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 483 out of 776 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 604 out of 965 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 616 out of 984 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 393 out of 615 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 718 out of 1106 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 694 out of 1058 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 648 out of 985 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 627 out of 932 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    31% 69%
    C 700 out of 1029 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 707 out of 1012 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 627 out of 891 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 399 out of 562 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 480 out of 676 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 767 out of 1076 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 815 out of 1138 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 619 out of 854 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 835 out of 1133 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 783 out of 1057 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 777 out of 1048 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 535 out of 710 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 925 out of 1147 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 765 out of 925 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 841 out of 966 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1041 out of 1156 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 897 out of 986 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.