programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 1058 out of 1138 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 880 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 701 out of 815 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 906 out of 1070 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 767 out of 957 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 771 out of 969 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 731 out of 944 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 707 out of 923 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 807 out of 1057 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 746 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 703 out of 931 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 507 out of 674 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    74% 26%
    C 692 out of 923 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 790 out of 1057 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 718 out of 1007 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 479 out of 675 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 421 out of 607 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 442 out of 652 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 620 out of 937 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 378 out of 574 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 640 out of 975 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 640 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 640 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 363 out of 564 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 669 out of 1049 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 687 out of 1091 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 609 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 645 out of 1036 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 594 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 626 out of 1016 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5523 out of 9102 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 667 out of 1116 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 589 out of 1007 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 554 out of 960 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 620 out of 1077 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 514 out of 911 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 610 out of 1089 picked C over C++ C++
  39. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 531 out of 952 picked C over C++ C++
  40. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    55% 45%
    C 184 out of 330 picked C over C++ C++
  41. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 539 out of 968 picked C over C++ C++
  42. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 574 out of 1036 picked C over C++ C++
  43. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 540 out of 975 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 497 out of 910 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 496 out of 921 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 512 out of 956 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 519 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 528 out of 1003 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 590 out of 1127 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 498 out of 971 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 498 out of 975 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 521 out of 1022 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 437 out of 861 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 543 out of 1070 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 488 out of 974 picked C over C++ C++
  56. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    49% 51%
    C 379 out of 751 picked C++ over C C++
  57. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 558 out of 1103 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 516 out of 1016 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 582 out of 1131 picked C++ over C C++
  60. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 491 out of 953 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 555 out of 1077 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 323 out of 620 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 531 out of 1012 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 516 out of 983 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 339 out of 638 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 319 out of 599 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 359 out of 668 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 554 out of 1025 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 587 out of 1054 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 618 out of 1109 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 477 out of 854 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 326 out of 574 picked C++ over C C++
  73. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 340 out of 596 picked C++ over C C++
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 494 out of 864 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 521 out of 902 picked C++ over C C++
  76. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 593 out of 1022 picked C++ over C C++
  77. 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 249 out of 427 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 339 out of 581 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 520 out of 883 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 470 out of 797 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 547 out of 914 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 643 out of 1069 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 583 out of 966 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 354 out of 580 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 594 out of 967 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 504 out of 813 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 573 out of 924 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 586 out of 942 picked C++ over C C++
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 462 out of 741 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 361 out of 559 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 683 out of 1057 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 656 out of 1008 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 617 out of 938 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 659 out of 979 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

    32% 68%
    C 597 out of 879 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 672 out of 966 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    30% 70%
    C 598 out of 855 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    29% 71%
    C 444 out of 626 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 368 out of 518 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 729 out of 1021 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 778 out of 1078 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 589 out of 812 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 732 out of 995 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 792 out of 1073 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 746 out of 1004 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 488 out of 646 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 881 out of 1093 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 719 out of 872 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 798 out of 915 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 986 out of 1099 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 844 out of 930 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.