programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1133 out of 1215 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 933 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 737 out of 860 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 957 out of 1137 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 822 out of 1022 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 820 out of 1029 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 775 out of 1002 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    77% 23%
    C 748 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 849 out of 1119 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 762 out of 1005 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 792 out of 1052 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 734 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 561 out of 748 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 839 out of 1129 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 762 out of 1075 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 527 out of 754 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 467 out of 671 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 482 out of 711 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 664 out of 1001 picked C over C++ C++
  21. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    C 412 out of 628 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 678 out of 1034 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 673 out of 1027 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    64% 36%
    C 678 out of 1044 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 400 out of 627 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 707 out of 1113 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 719 out of 1153 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 682 out of 1101 picked C over C++ C++
  29. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 632 out of 1024 picked C over C++ C++
  30. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 639 out of 1036 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 667 out of 1084 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5904 out of 9761 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 699 out of 1180 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 618 out of 1062 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 588 out of 1024 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 655 out of 1146 picked C over C++ C++
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 648 out of 1152 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 546 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 565 out of 1021 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 605 out of 1095 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 567 out of 1034 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 1027 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 522 out of 964 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 565 out of 1049 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 532 out of 990 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    52% 48%
    C 532 out of 1004 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 560 out of 1067 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 619 out of 1187 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 536 out of 1044 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 906 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 523 out of 1033 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 549 out of 1085 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 525 out of 1038 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    49% 51%
    C 572 out of 1142 picked C++ over C C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 591 out of 1161 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 413 out of 805 picked C++ over C C++
  58. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 521 out of 1014 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 588 out of 1142 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 616 out of 1196 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 555 out of 1074 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 367 out of 699 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 564 out of 1072 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 560 out of 1050 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 375 out of 703 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 396 out of 740 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 592 out of 1100 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 361 out of 661 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    45% 55%
    C 506 out of 923 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    C 660 out of 1176 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 627 out of 1114 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 518 out of 908 picked C++ over C C++
  73. 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 277 out of 483 picked C++ over C C++
  74. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 556 out of 969 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 365 out of 635 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 378 out of 655 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 495 out of 846 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 550 out of 937 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 379 out of 645 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 641 out of 1087 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 578 out of 965 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 682 out of 1128 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 623 out of 1027 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 631 out of 1040 picked C++ over C C++
  85. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 541 out of 873 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.

    37% 63%
    C 399 out of 643 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 611 out of 978 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 628 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 729 out of 1123 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 705 out of 1075 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 653 out of 994 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 632 out of 942 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 708 out of 1043 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 632 out of 901 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at text processing

    29% 71%
    C 719 out of 1025 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 407 out of 574 picked C++ over C C++
  99. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 776 out of 1090 picked C++ over C C++
  100. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 490 out of 688 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 822 out of 1147 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 628 out of 866 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 843 out of 1142 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 793 out of 1069 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 786 out of 1058 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 545 out of 725 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 934 out of 1158 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 776 out of 936 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 852 out of 978 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1052 out of 1167 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 905 out of 995 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.