programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1125 out of 1207 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 930 out of 1027 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 731 out of 853 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 953 out of 1129 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 817 out of 1016 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 815 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 772 out of 996 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    77% 23%
    C 744 out of 964 picked C over C++ C++
  10. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 756 out of 995 picked C over C++ C++
  11. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 840 out of 1107 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 787 out of 1043 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 731 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 553 out of 737 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 835 out of 1122 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 756 out of 1068 picked C over C++ C++
  17. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    69% 31%
    C 518 out of 741 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 461 out of 662 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 478 out of 704 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 660 out of 996 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 674 out of 1024 picked C over C++ C++
  22. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    65% 35%
    C 408 out of 622 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 668 out of 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 674 out of 1036 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 393 out of 618 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 702 out of 1107 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 717 out of 1146 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 676 out of 1091 picked C over C++ C++
  29. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 636 out of 1030 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 626 out of 1015 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 662 out of 1075 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5848 out of 9653 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 695 out of 1170 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 614 out of 1056 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 583 out of 1015 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 650 out of 1137 picked C over C++ C++
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 644 out of 1145 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 203 out of 363 picked C over C++ C++
  39. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    55% 45%
    C 543 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  40. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 601 out of 1085 picked C over C++ C++
  41. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 561 out of 1014 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 561 out of 1024 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 553 out of 1015 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 519 out of 957 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 529 out of 983 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 557 out of 1037 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 529 out of 998 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 558 out of 1058 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 616 out of 1178 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 530 out of 1034 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 457 out of 898 picked C over C++ C++
  52. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 522 out of 1027 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 547 out of 1077 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 523 out of 1032 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 567 out of 1133 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 583 out of 1150 picked C++ over C C++
  57. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 517 out of 1007 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 611 out of 1188 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    48% 52%
    C 410 out of 797 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 584 out of 1135 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 549 out of 1064 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 361 out of 689 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 557 out of 1063 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 554 out of 1042 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 371 out of 696 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 390 out of 730 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 588 out of 1094 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 358 out of 655 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 505 out of 914 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 655 out of 1170 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 622 out of 1108 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 513 out of 902 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 358 out of 626 picked C++ over C C++
  74. 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 274 out of 476 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 553 out of 960 picked C++ over C C++
  76. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 375 out of 648 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 490 out of 839 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 371 out of 634 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 545 out of 929 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 635 out of 1079 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 574 out of 958 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 676 out of 1117 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 617 out of 1019 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    39% 61%
    C 627 out of 1029 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 393 out of 636 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 538 out of 865 picked C++ over C C++
  87. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 484 out of 778 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 606 out of 970 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 617 out of 986 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 397 out of 619 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 721 out of 1112 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 696 out of 1062 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 651 out of 988 picked C++ over C C++
  94. 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 630 out of 936 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 703 out of 1035 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 709 out of 1014 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 629 out of 895 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 401 out of 565 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 484 out of 680 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 770 out of 1079 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 817 out of 1141 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 624 out of 859 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 838 out of 1136 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 785 out of 1060 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 780 out of 1052 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 539 out of 715 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 928 out of 1150 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 767 out of 927 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 847 out of 972 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1045 out of 1160 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 900 out of 990 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.