programming languages

Rank

C vs C++

  1. This is a low level language

    93% 7%
    C 1083 out of 1163 picked C over C++ C++
  2. This language is minimal

    90% 10%
    C 900 out of 994 picked C over C++ C++
  3. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    86% 14%
    C 714 out of 830 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 929 out of 1099 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 788 out of 981 picked C over C++ C++
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    79% 21%
    C 794 out of 995 picked C over C++ C++
  8. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    77% 23%
    C 750 out of 969 picked C over C++ C++
  9. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    76% 24%
    C 719 out of 937 picked C over C++ C++
  10. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    76% 24%
    C 821 out of 1078 picked C over C++ C++
  11. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    75% 25%
    C 729 out of 962 picked C over C++ C++
  12. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 759 out of 1003 picked C over C++ C++
  13. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    75% 25%
    C 707 out of 941 picked C over C++ C++
  14. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    75% 25%
    C 522 out of 696 picked C over C++ C++
  15. This language is good for beginners

    74% 26%
    C 813 out of 1087 picked C over C++ C++
  16. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    71% 29%
    C 738 out of 1037 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 497 out of 702 picked C over C++ C++
  18. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 441 out of 632 picked C over C++ C++
  19. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    67% 33%
    C 459 out of 677 picked C over C++ C++
  20. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 633 out of 958 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.

    66% 34%
    C 393 out of 595 picked C over C++ C++
  22. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 653 out of 994 picked C over C++ C++
  23. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 649 out of 989 picked C over C++ C++
  24. This language is well documented

    65% 35%
    C 654 out of 1002 picked C over C++ C++
  25. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    64% 36%
    C 373 out of 582 picked C over C++ C++
  26. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    63% 37%
    C 681 out of 1069 picked C over C++ C++
  27. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 702 out of 1115 picked C over C++ C++
  28. Code written in this language is very readable

    62% 38%
    C 660 out of 1060 picked C over C++ C++
  29. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    62% 38%
    C 620 out of 997 picked C over C++ C++
  30. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    61% 39%
    C 608 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  31. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    61% 39%
    C 641 out of 1040 picked C over C++ C++
  32. I know this language well

    60% 40%
    C 5635 out of 9291 picked C over C++ C++
  33. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    59% 41%
    C 676 out of 1136 picked C over C++ C++
  34. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    58% 42%
    C 599 out of 1026 picked C over C++ C++
  35. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    57% 43%
    C 568 out of 982 picked C over C++ C++
  36. I find code written in this language very elegant

    57% 43%
    C 632 out of 1105 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 528 out of 940 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).

    56% 44%
    C 193 out of 344 picked C over C++ C++
  39. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    55% 45%
    C 624 out of 1115 picked C over C++ C++
  40. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    55% 45%
    C 551 out of 987 picked C over C++ C++
  41. I would use this language for casual scripting

    55% 45%
    C 587 out of 1060 picked C over C++ C++
  42. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    55% 45%
    C 541 out of 978 picked C over C++ C++
  43. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    55% 45%
    C 548 out of 995 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 508 out of 930 picked C over C++ C++
  45. This language is good for numeric computing

    53% 47%
    C 510 out of 947 picked C over C++ C++
  46. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    C 533 out of 1000 picked C over C++ C++
  47. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    53% 47%
    C 517 out of 973 picked C over C++ C++
  48. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    52% 48%
    C 540 out of 1028 picked C over C++ C++
  49. I enjoy using this language

    52% 48%
    C 602 out of 1151 picked C over C++ C++
  50. I use this language out of choice

    51% 49%
    C 512 out of 996 picked C over C++ C++
  51. There are many good tools for this language

    51% 49%
    C 512 out of 1001 picked C over C++ C++
  52. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 450 out of 881 picked C over C++ C++
  53. I use many applications written in this language

    50% 50%
    C 531 out of 1043 picked C over C++ C++
  54. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    50% 50%
    C 501 out of 997 picked C over C++ C++
  55. I usually use this language on solo projects

    50% 50%
    C 552 out of 1099 picked C over C++ C++
  56. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    49% 51%
    C 566 out of 1124 picked C++ over C C++
  57. I would use this language for mobile applications

    48% 52%
    C 529 out of 1037 picked C++ over C C++
  58. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    48% 52%
    C 393 out of 769 picked C++ over C C++
  59. This language has a good community

    48% 52%
    C 500 out of 975 picked C++ over C C++
  60. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    48% 52%
    C 566 out of 1101 picked C++ over C C++
  61. I regularly use this language

    48% 52%
    C 595 out of 1156 picked C++ over C C++
  62. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    48% 52%
    C 338 out of 650 picked C++ over C C++
  63. This language is good for scientific computing

    47% 53%
    C 541 out of 1034 picked C++ over C C++
  64. I would list this language on my resume

    47% 53%
    C 533 out of 1008 picked C++ over C C++
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    46% 54%
    C 352 out of 664 picked C++ over C C++
  66. This is a mainstream language

    46% 54%
    C 371 out of 695 picked C++ over C C++
  67. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    46% 54%
    C 334 out of 621 picked C++ over C C++
  68. I find this language easy to prototype in

    46% 54%
    C 566 out of 1052 picked C++ over C C++
  69. I know many other people who use this language

    44% 56%
    C 600 out of 1076 picked C++ over C C++
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    44% 56%
    C 635 out of 1137 picked C++ over C C++
  71. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    43% 57%
    C 492 out of 878 picked C++ over C C++
  72. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    43% 57%
    C 340 out of 599 picked C++ over C C++
  73. This language has a very dogmatic community

    43% 57%
    C 502 out of 882 picked C++ over C C++
  74. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    42% 58%
    C 353 out of 616 picked C++ over C C++
  75. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    42% 58%
    C 536 out of 930 picked C++ over C C++
  76. 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 255 out of 441 picked C++ over C C++
  77. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    41% 59%
    C 352 out of 606 picked C++ over C C++
  78. I would use this language for writing server programs

    41% 59%
    C 611 out of 1048 picked C++ over C C++
  79. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    41% 59%
    C 476 out of 813 picked C++ over C C++
  80. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    41% 59%
    C 529 out of 901 picked C++ over C C++
  81. This language is good for distributed computing

    40% 60%
    C 559 out of 934 picked C++ over C C++
  82. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 658 out of 1092 picked C++ over C C++
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    39% 61%
    C 599 out of 993 picked C++ over C C++
  84. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    38% 62%
    C 372 out of 608 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 611 out of 998 picked C++ over C C++
  86. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    37% 63%
    C 519 out of 835 picked C++ over C C++
  87. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    37% 63%
    C 587 out of 944 picked C++ over C C++
  88. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    37% 63%
    C 471 out of 756 picked C++ over C C++
  89. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    C 600 out of 961 picked C++ over C C++
  90. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    35% 65%
    C 379 out of 588 picked C++ over C C++
  91. This language is very flexible

    35% 65%
    C 702 out of 1082 picked C++ over C C++
  92. I would use this language for a web project

    34% 66%
    C 672 out of 1031 picked C++ over C C++
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    34% 66%
    C 631 out of 960 picked C++ over C C++
  94. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    C 677 out of 1003 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

    31% 69%
    C 617 out of 907 picked C++ over C C++
  96. This language excels at text processing

    30% 70%
    C 686 out of 987 picked C++ over C C++
  97. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    29% 71%
    C 611 out of 871 picked C++ over C C++
  98. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    28% 72%
    C 461 out of 648 picked C++ over C C++
  99. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    28% 72%
    C 383 out of 537 picked C++ over C C++
  100. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    28% 72%
    C 748 out of 1047 picked C++ over C C++
  101. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 796 out of 1107 picked C++ over C C++
  102. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    27% 73%
    C 604 out of 833 picked C++ over C C++
  103. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    26% 74%
    C 812 out of 1102 picked C++ over C C++
  104. This language is best for very large projects

    26% 74%
    C 753 out of 1020 picked C++ over C C++
  105. This language is expressive

    25% 75%
    C 766 out of 1031 picked C++ over C C++
  106. This language has an annoying syntax

    24% 76%
    C 509 out of 672 picked C++ over C C++
  107. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    19% 81%
    C 897 out of 1114 picked C++ over C C++
  108. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    17% 83%
    C 738 out of 895 picked C++ over C C++
  109. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    12% 88%
    C 815 out of 935 picked C++ over C C++
  110. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 1011 out of 1125 picked C++ over C C++
  111. This language is large

    9% 91%
    C 869 out of 956 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.