programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1073 out of 1153 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 892 out of 985 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 715 out of 932 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 815 out of 1069 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 516 out of 685 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 805 out of 1076 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 732 out of 1025 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 489 out of 692 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 435 out of 624 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. 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++
  21. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    C 385 out of 585 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 647 out of 987 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 370 out of 575 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 676 out of 1061 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 696 out of 1106 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 617 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 653 out of 1050 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 635 out of 1029 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5591 out of 9220 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 671 out of 1128 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 593 out of 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 562 out of 974 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 930 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 190 out of 340 picked C over C++ C++
  39. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 617 out of 1106 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 583 out of 1052 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 972 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 505 out of 923 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 506 out of 939 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 515 out of 967 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 527 out of 991 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 1019 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 505 out of 984 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 507 out of 992 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 525 out of 1033 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 547 out of 1089 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 496 out of 990 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 563 out of 1115 picked C++ over C C++
  57. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 525 out of 1030 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    49% 51%
    C 388 out of 761 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 496 out of 967 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 562 out of 1092 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 592 out of 1146 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    48% 52%
    C 330 out of 636 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 528 out of 999 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 351 out of 656 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 327 out of 610 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 367 out of 684 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 565 out of 1044 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 488 out of 869 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 501 out of 878 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 348 out of 608 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 438 picked C++ over C C++
  76. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 533 out of 919 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 605 out of 1039 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

    39% 61%
    C 556 out of 926 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 983 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 365 out of 597 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 607 out of 987 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 514 out of 829 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 582 out of 937 picked C++ over C C++
  88. 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++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 595 out of 953 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 373 out of 580 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 694 out of 1072 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 673 out of 997 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 610 out of 896 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 864 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

    28% 72%
    C 789 out of 1096 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 601 out of 828 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 806 out of 1094 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 746 out of 1010 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 758 out of 1020 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 504 out of 664 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 732 out of 887 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 809 out of 927 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 1002 out of 1115 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.