programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 1056 out of 1136 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 877 out of 968 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 700 out of 814 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 904 out of 1068 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 763 out of 953 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 767 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 729 out of 941 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 704 out of 920 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 806 out of 1055 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 745 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 701 out of 928 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 506 out of 672 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 691 out of 921 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 786 out of 1053 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 715 out of 1004 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 476 out of 672 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 418 out of 604 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 438 out of 648 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 619 out of 935 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 375 out of 571 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 637 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 640 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 638 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 361 out of 562 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 666 out of 1044 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 686 out of 1090 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 645 out of 1033 picked C over C++ C++
  29. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 605 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 592 out of 959 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 1015 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5515 out of 9084 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 666 out of 1114 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 589 out of 1006 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 554 out of 958 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 617 out of 1073 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 512 out of 907 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 609 out of 1085 picked C over C++ C++
  39. 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 329 picked C over C++ C++
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 529 out of 950 picked C over C++ C++
  41. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 537 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  42. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 572 out of 1032 picked C over C++ C++
  43. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 538 out of 973 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 496 out of 909 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 495 out of 919 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 510 out of 953 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    52% 48%
    C 518 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 527 out of 1002 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 589 out of 1124 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 497 out of 969 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 496 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 520 out of 1020 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 542 out of 1066 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 435 out of 859 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 486 out of 972 each for C++ and C C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 556 out of 1101 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 379 out of 750 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 516 out of 1013 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 580 out of 1129 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 554 out of 1075 picked C++ over C C++
  61. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 491 out of 951 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 322 out of 618 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 529 out of 1009 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 515 out of 981 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 339 out of 636 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 318 out of 595 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 356 out of 665 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 554 out of 1023 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 616 out of 1107 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 587 out of 1052 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 475 out of 851 picked C++ over C C++
  72. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    43% 57%
    C 338 out of 594 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 325 out of 571 picked C++ over C C++
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 493 out of 863 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 519 out of 900 picked C++ over C C++
  76. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 592 out of 1020 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 248 out of 425 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 338 out of 578 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 518 out of 881 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 467 out of 793 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 545 out of 912 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 640 out of 1066 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 582 out of 964 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    39% 61%
    C 353 out of 579 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 591 out of 964 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 502 out of 811 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    38% 62%
    C 572 out of 923 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

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

    37% 63%
    C 461 out of 740 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 359 out of 557 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 680 out of 1053 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    35% 65%
    C 653 out of 1005 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 615 out of 935 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 657 out of 977 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 594 out of 875 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 671 out of 963 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 597 out of 852 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    29% 71%
    C 442 out of 624 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 365 out of 515 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 727 out of 1019 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 776 out of 1076 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 588 out of 811 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 731 out of 993 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 789 out of 1069 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 744 out of 1002 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 486 out of 644 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 878 out of 1089 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 717 out of 870 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 794 out of 911 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 985 out of 1098 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 843 out of 929 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.