programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1072 out of 1152 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 891 out of 984 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 709 out of 823 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 920 out of 1088 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 782 out of 974 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 786 out of 986 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 742 out of 959 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 714 out of 931 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 814 out of 1068 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 722 out of 951 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 753 out of 993 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 515 out of 684 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 701 out of 933 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 803 out of 1073 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 731 out of 1024 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 488 out of 691 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 433 out of 622 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 453 out of 668 picked C over C++ C++
  20. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    C 384 out of 583 picked C over C++ C++
  21. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    65% 35%
    C 625 out of 949 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 643 out of 980 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 646 out of 986 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 650 out of 994 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 368 out of 573 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 674 out of 1059 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 694 out of 1104 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 615 out of 987 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 651 out of 1047 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 604 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 634 out of 1028 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5583 out of 9210 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 671 out of 1127 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 592 out of 1018 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 561 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 626 out of 1093 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 525 out of 929 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 189 out of 339 picked C over C++ C++
  39. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 616 out of 1105 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 545 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 582 out of 1051 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 546 out of 988 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 536 out of 971 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 504 out of 922 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 505 out of 937 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 515 out of 966 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 526 out of 990 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 536 out of 1017 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 597 out of 1142 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 504 out of 983 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 506 out of 991 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 445 out of 873 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 524 out of 1032 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 546 out of 1088 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 496 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 563 out of 1113 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 387 out of 760 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 525 out of 1030 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 496 out of 965 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 561 out of 1090 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 591 out of 1145 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    48% 52%
    C 328 out of 634 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 538 out of 1026 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 526 out of 997 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 349 out of 654 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 326 out of 608 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 366 out of 682 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 564 out of 1043 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 593 out of 1066 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 628 out of 1125 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    43% 57%
    C 487 out of 867 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 337 out of 592 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 500 out of 876 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 347 out of 607 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 531 out of 916 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

    42% 58%
    C 254 out of 438 picked C++ over C C++
  77. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 346 out of 596 picked C++ over C C++
  78. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 604 out of 1038 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 524 out of 892 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 474 out of 805 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 555 out of 925 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 650 out of 1082 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 595 out of 982 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 363 out of 595 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 606 out of 986 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 513 out of 828 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 581 out of 936 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 594 out of 952 picked C++ over C C++
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 468 out of 750 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 372 out of 578 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 692 out of 1070 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 665 out of 1021 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 626 out of 952 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 671 out of 994 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 608 out of 894 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 682 out of 979 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 606 out of 863 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 455 out of 638 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 379 out of 531 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 740 out of 1034 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 788 out of 1094 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 599 out of 826 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 805 out of 1093 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 744 out of 1008 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 757 out of 1019 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 502 out of 662 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 889 out of 1105 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 731 out of 886 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 808 out of 926 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 1001 out of 1114 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 859 out of 945 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.