programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1065 out of 1145 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 885 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 706 out of 820 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 915 out of 1080 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 778 out of 968 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 779 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 739 out of 954 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 712 out of 928 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 810 out of 1061 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 747 out of 985 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 713 out of 941 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 509 out of 677 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 696 out of 927 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 794 out of 1062 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 727 out of 1018 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 484 out of 682 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 427 out of 614 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 449 out of 661 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.

    66% 34%
    C 382 out of 578 picked C over C++ C++
  21. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    65% 35%
    C 623 out of 944 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 642 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 643 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 644 out of 984 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 365 out of 566 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 1054 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    63% 37%
    C 693 out of 1099 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 611 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 647 out of 1041 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 599 out of 968 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 631 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5557 out of 9168 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 671 out of 1122 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 590 out of 1010 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 558 out of 967 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 623 out of 1082 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 521 out of 922 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 188 out of 334 picked C over C++ C++
  39. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 614 out of 1097 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 543 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 534 out of 961 picked C over C++ C++
  42. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 579 out of 1044 picked C over C++ C++
  43. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 542 out of 979 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 502 out of 917 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 499 out of 927 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 514 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 523 out of 984 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 530 out of 1007 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 595 out of 1135 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 501 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 504 out of 983 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 523 out of 1026 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 440 out of 865 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 545 out of 1079 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 493 out of 980 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 561 out of 1107 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 384 out of 756 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 520 out of 1021 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 493 out of 960 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 586 out of 1139 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 557 out of 1082 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    48% 52%
    C 324 out of 625 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 534 out of 1019 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 520 out of 990 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 342 out of 644 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 323 out of 605 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 362 out of 676 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 558 out of 1033 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 588 out of 1060 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 623 out of 1117 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    43% 57%
    C 485 out of 863 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 330 out of 581 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 499 out of 871 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 345 out of 602 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 524 out of 908 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

    41% 59%
    C 250 out of 431 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 598 out of 1030 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 342 out of 589 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 522 out of 888 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 473 out of 802 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 552 out of 921 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 646 out of 1074 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 590 out of 974 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    39% 61%
    C 359 out of 589 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 603 out of 981 picked C++ over C C++
  86. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    38% 62%
    C 575 out of 928 picked C++ over C C++
  87. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 510 out of 823 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 588 out of 944 picked C++ over C C++
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 465 out of 744 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 365 out of 567 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 686 out of 1063 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 660 out of 1014 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 620 out of 944 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 664 out of 986 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 604 out of 887 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 676 out of 972 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 604 out of 861 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 373 out of 525 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 448 out of 630 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 734 out of 1027 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 783 out of 1085 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 594 out of 820 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 737 out of 1000 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 799 out of 1083 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 752 out of 1012 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 497 out of 655 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 883 out of 1098 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 725 out of 878 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 803 out of 920 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 995 out of 1108 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 853 out of 939 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.