programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1131 out of 1213 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 932 out of 1029 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    85% 15%
    C 734 out of 857 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 955 out of 1134 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 820 out of 1020 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 818 out of 1027 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 774 out of 1001 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 746 out of 969 picked C over C++ C++
  10. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 760 out of 1001 picked C over C++ C++
  11. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    75% 25%
    C 842 out of 1112 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 789 out of 1048 picked C over C++ C++
  13. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 557 out of 742 picked C over C++ C++
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 732 out of 976 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 836 out of 1125 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    70% 30%
    C 760 out of 1073 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 521 out of 746 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 465 out of 668 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 481 out of 709 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 661 out of 998 picked C over C++ C++
  21. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 675 out of 1029 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 411 out of 627 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 670 out of 1023 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 677 out of 1041 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    63% 37%
    C 399 out of 625 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 705 out of 1110 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 717 out of 1150 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    61% 39%
    C 679 out of 1097 picked C over C++ C++
  29. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    61% 39%
    C 637 out of 1033 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 629 out of 1021 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 664 out of 1080 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5874 out of 9709 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 696 out of 1177 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 617 out of 1060 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 584 out of 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 653 out of 1144 picked C over C++ C++
  37. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    56% 44%
    C 646 out of 1150 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 204 out of 365 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 544 out of 980 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 563 out of 1019 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 602 out of 1091 picked C over C++ C++
  42. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    54% 46%
    C 565 out of 1029 picked C over C++ C++
  43. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    54% 46%
    C 557 out of 1022 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 520 out of 961 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 561 out of 1043 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 531 out of 988 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    52% 48%
    C 531 out of 1003 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 1062 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 616 out of 1184 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 532 out of 1038 picked C over C++ C++
  51. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    50% 50%
    C 460 out of 903 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 548 out of 1082 picked C over C++ C++
  53. There are many good tools for this language

    50% 50%
    C 522 out of 1031 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 525 out of 1037 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    49% 51%
    C 571 out of 1139 picked C++ over C C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 584 out of 1153 picked C++ over C C++
  57. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    48% 52%
    C 411 out of 801 picked C++ over C C++
  58. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 519 out of 1011 picked C++ over C C++
  59. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 587 out of 1139 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 615 out of 1193 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 553 out of 1071 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    47% 53%
    C 364 out of 694 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 561 out of 1068 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    46% 54%
    C 559 out of 1047 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 374 out of 700 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 394 out of 736 picked C++ over C C++
  67. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 591 out of 1098 picked C++ over C C++
  68. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    45% 55%
    C 360 out of 658 picked C++ over C C++
  69. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    44% 56%
    C 506 out of 919 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    43% 57%
    C 659 out of 1175 picked C++ over C C++
  71. I know many other people who use this language

    43% 57%
    C 625 out of 1112 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 516 out of 906 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    42% 58%
    C 363 out of 633 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 275 out of 479 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 555 out of 966 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 377 out of 653 picked C++ over C C++
  77. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 493 out of 844 picked C++ over C C++
  78. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 549 out of 935 picked C++ over C C++
  79. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 375 out of 638 picked C++ over C C++
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 639 out of 1084 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 575 out of 961 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 680 out of 1125 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 621 out of 1023 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 629 out of 1035 picked C++ over C C++
  85. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 396 out of 640 picked C++ over C C++
  86. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    38% 62%
    C 485 out of 783 picked C++ over C C++
  87. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    38% 62%
    C 539 out of 870 picked C++ over C C++
  88. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 609 out of 974 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 620 out of 991 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    36% 64%
    C 399 out of 624 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 725 out of 1117 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 703 out of 1070 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 651 out of 990 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 631 out of 941 picked C++ over C C++
  95. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 706 out of 1039 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    29% 71%
    C 714 out of 1019 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 631 out of 898 picked C++ over C C++
  98. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    29% 71%
    C 404 out of 571 picked C++ over C C++
  99. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 773 out of 1085 picked C++ over C C++
  100. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 490 out of 687 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 821 out of 1146 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 627 out of 865 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 840 out of 1139 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 789 out of 1064 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    25% 75%
    C 784 out of 1056 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 544 out of 720 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 933 out of 1156 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 772 out of 932 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 850 out of 975 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    9% 91%
    C 1050 out of 1165 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 902 out of 992 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.