programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1078 out of 1158 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 896 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 711 out of 826 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 925 out of 1093 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 785 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 789 out of 990 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 748 out of 966 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 717 out of 935 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 817 out of 1074 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 726 out of 958 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 756 out of 998 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 703 out of 936 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    74% 26%
    C 517 out of 691 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 809 out of 1083 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 735 out of 1032 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 493 out of 697 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 437 out of 628 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 456 out of 673 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 629 out of 953 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 389 out of 591 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 650 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 646 out of 985 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 651 out of 998 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 372 out of 578 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 678 out of 1065 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 698 out of 1110 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 618 out of 993 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 656 out of 1056 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 605 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 636 out of 1034 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5617 out of 9264 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 673 out of 1131 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 596 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 566 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 629 out of 1100 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 526 out of 935 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 192 out of 343 picked C over C++ C++
  39. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 619 out of 1110 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 547 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 585 out of 1057 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 547 out of 992 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 537 out of 974 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 506 out of 926 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 508 out of 943 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 531 out of 996 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 517 out of 970 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 537 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 598 out of 1146 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 509 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 510 out of 997 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 448 out of 879 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 527 out of 1038 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 550 out of 1094 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 498 out of 993 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 564 out of 1119 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 390 out of 766 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 526 out of 1033 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 497 out of 970 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 565 out of 1097 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 594 out of 1152 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 336 out of 644 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 540 out of 1031 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 530 out of 1003 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 352 out of 660 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 370 out of 691 picked C++ over C C++
  67. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 331 out of 616 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 565 out of 1048 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 598 out of 1072 picked C++ over C C++
  70. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 488 out of 874 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 632 out of 1131 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 338 out of 595 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 501 out of 880 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 351 out of 612 picked C++ over C C++
  75. 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 254 out of 440 picked C++ over C C++
  76. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 534 out of 925 picked C++ over C C++
  77. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 350 out of 602 picked C++ over C C++
  78. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 608 out of 1043 picked C++ over C C++
  79. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 475 out of 810 picked C++ over C C++
  80. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 527 out of 898 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 556 out of 929 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 654 out of 1087 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 598 out of 988 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 367 out of 601 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 609 out of 994 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 516 out of 831 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 584 out of 940 picked C++ over C C++
  88. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 469 out of 753 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 596 out of 956 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 375 out of 584 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 699 out of 1078 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 670 out of 1028 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 627 out of 956 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 675 out of 1000 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

    31% 69%
    C 614 out of 902 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 684 out of 983 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 607 out of 867 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 380 out of 533 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 460 out of 644 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 744 out of 1041 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 792 out of 1103 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 602 out of 830 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 808 out of 1097 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 751 out of 1015 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 763 out of 1026 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 506 out of 668 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 894 out of 1111 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 736 out of 892 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 813 out of 931 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 1006 out of 1120 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 864 out of 950 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.