programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    92% 8%
    C 1059 out of 1139 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 881 out of 973 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 909 out of 1073 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 772 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 773 out of 972 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 733 out of 946 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 709 out of 925 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 807 out of 1058 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 707 out of 935 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

    75% 25%
    C 693 out of 924 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 720 out of 1009 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 677 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 424 out of 610 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    68% 32%
    C 447 out of 657 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 938 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 379 out of 575 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 641 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 642 out of 981 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 670 out of 1050 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    63% 37%
    C 690 out of 1094 picked C over C++ C++
  28. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 610 out of 977 picked C over C++ C++
  29. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 646 out of 1037 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 596 out of 965 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 628 out of 1018 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5534 out of 9125 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 668 out of 1117 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 555 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 621 out of 1078 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 517 out of 915 picked C over C++ C++
  38. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 611 out of 1090 picked C over C++ C++
  39. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 532 out of 953 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 541 out of 970 picked C over C++ C++
  41. 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++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 541 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 575 out of 1039 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 499 out of 913 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 497 out of 922 picked C over C++ C++
  46. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 512 out of 957 picked C over C++ C++
  47. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 520 out of 980 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 1005 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 592 out of 1130 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 499 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 501 out of 979 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 521 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 438 out of 862 picked C over C++ C++
  54. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 544 out of 1075 picked C over C++ C++
  55. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 489 out of 975 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 380 out of 752 picked C++ over C C++
  57. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 559 out of 1104 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I would use this language for mobile applications

    49% 51%
    C 517 out of 1017 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 582 out of 1132 picked C++ over C C++
  60. 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++
  61. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 492 out of 954 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 532 out of 1014 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 517 out of 984 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 340 out of 639 picked C++ over C C++
  66. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 320 out of 600 picked C++ over C C++
  67. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 360 out of 671 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    45% 55%
    C 555 out of 1027 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 588 out of 1055 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 622 out of 1114 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 478 out of 855 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 340 out of 597 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 329 out of 577 picked C++ over C C++
  74. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 495 out of 865 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 522 out of 904 picked C++ over C C++
  76. I would use this language for writing server programs

    42% 58%
    C 595 out of 1026 picked C++ over C C++
  77. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 339 out of 583 picked C++ over C C++
  78. 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 428 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 521 out of 884 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    40% 60%
    C 471 out of 798 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 548 out of 916 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 584 out of 967 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    39% 61%
    C 355 out of 583 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 596 out of 971 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 506 out of 817 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 575 out of 926 picked C++ over C C++
  88. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 587 out of 943 picked C++ over C C++
  89. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 463 out of 742 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 362 out of 561 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 683 out of 1058 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 656 out of 1009 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 618 out of 940 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 661 out of 981 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 598 out of 880 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 674 out of 968 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 600 out of 857 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 369 out of 520 picked C++ over C C++
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 446 out of 628 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 730 out of 1022 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 780 out of 1081 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 589 out of 813 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 794 out of 1077 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 746 out of 1005 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 491 out of 649 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 881 out of 1095 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 721 out of 874 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 800 out of 917 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 988 out of 1101 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 846 out of 932 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.