programming languages

Rank

C vs Fortran

  1. This is a mainstream language

    95% 5%
    C 80 out of 84 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  2. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    92% 8%
    C 135 out of 146 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  3. I use many applications written in this language

    91% 9%
    C 145 out of 158 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  4. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    90% 10%
    C 136 out of 150 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    90% 10%
    C 131 out of 145 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  6. I would use this language for writing server programs

    88% 12%
    C 129 out of 146 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  7. I would use this language for a web project

    87% 13%
    C 124 out of 141 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  8. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    85% 15%
    C 125 out of 146 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  9. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    85% 15%
    C 89 out of 104 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  10. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 112 out of 131 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  11. There are many good tools for this language

    85% 15%
    C 131 out of 154 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  12. This language has a high quality implementation

    84% 16%
    C 64 out of 76 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  13. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    83% 17%
    C 144 out of 172 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  14. I regularly use this language

    83% 17%
    C 144 out of 172 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  15. This language is very flexible

    82% 18%
    C 115 out of 139 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  16. This is a low level language

    82% 18%
    C 123 out of 149 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  17. I would list this language on my resume

    82% 18%
    C 132 out of 160 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  18. I would use this language for mobile applications

    81% 19%
    C 121 out of 148 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  19. I know this language well

    81% 19%
    C 991 out of 1219 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  20. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    81% 19%
    C 112 out of 138 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  21. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    80% 20%
    C 17 out of 21 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  22. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    80% 20%
    C 115 out of 143 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  23. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    80% 20%
    C 109 out of 136 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  24. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    80% 20%
    C 84 out of 105 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  25. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    79% 21%
    C 121 out of 153 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  26. I know many other people who use this language

    78% 22%
    C 116 out of 147 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  27. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    78% 22%
    C 116 out of 147 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  28. I usually use this language on solo projects

    77% 23%
    C 114 out of 147 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  29. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    76% 24%
    C 53 out of 69 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  30. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    76% 24%
    C 96 out of 125 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  31. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    75% 25%
    C 100 out of 132 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  32. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    75% 25%
    C 103 out of 136 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  33. This language has a good community

    75% 25%
    C 109 out of 144 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  34. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    75% 25%
    C 115 out of 152 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  35. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    75% 25%
    C 99 out of 131 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  36. This language excels at text processing

    75% 25%
    C 114 out of 151 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  37. I use this language out of choice

    75% 25%
    C 103 out of 137 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  38. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    75% 25%
    C 99 out of 132 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  39. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    74% 26%
    C 104 out of 139 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  40. I enjoy using this language

    74% 26%
    C 118 out of 158 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  41. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    74% 26%
    C 114 out of 153 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  42. This language is best for very large projects

    74% 26%
    C 100 out of 135 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  43. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    73% 27%
    C 51 out of 69 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  44. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    73% 27%
    C 101 out of 138 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  45. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    72% 28%
    C 91 out of 125 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  46. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    72% 28%
    C 98 out of 135 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  47. I would use this language for casual scripting

    72% 28%
    C 111 out of 153 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  48. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    70% 30%
    C 53 out of 75 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  49. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    70% 30%
    C 81 out of 115 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  50. This language is well documented

    70% 30%
    C 100 out of 142 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  51. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    69% 31%
    C 93 out of 134 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  52. I find code written in this language very elegant

    68% 32%
    C 106 out of 154 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  53. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    68% 32%
    C 86 out of 125 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  54. This language is minimal

    68% 32%
    C 97 out of 141 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  55. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 103 out of 152 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  56. I find this language easy to prototype in

    67% 33%
    C 93 out of 138 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  57. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    66% 34%
    C 85 out of 127 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  58. This language has a very coherent design

    66% 34%
    C 91 out of 136 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  59. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    66% 34%
    C 99 out of 148 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  60. This language is good for distributed computing

    66% 34%
    C 83 out of 125 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  61. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    66% 34%
    C 59 out of 89 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  62. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    65% 35%
    C 46 out of 70 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  63. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    65% 35%
    C 57 out of 87 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  64. This language is best for very small projects

    65% 35%
    C 83 out of 127 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  65. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    65% 35%
    C 98 out of 150 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  66. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    65% 35%
    C 88 out of 135 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  67. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    63% 37%
    C 78 out of 123 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  68. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    63% 37%
    C 72 out of 114 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  69. This language is expressive

    62% 38%
    C 89 out of 142 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  70. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    62% 38%
    C 94 out of 150 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  71. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    62% 38%
    C 45 out of 72 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  72. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    61% 39%
    C 32 out of 52 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  73. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    60% 40%
    C 89 out of 146 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  74. This language is good for beginners

    59% 41%
    C 95 out of 159 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  75. This language excels at concurrency

    59% 41%
    C 76 out of 128 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  76. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    59% 41%
    C 76 out of 128 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  77. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    58% 42%
    C 87 out of 149 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  78. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    57% 43%
    C 89 out of 156 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  79. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    56% 44%
    C 80 out of 142 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  80. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    55% 45%
    C 43 out of 77 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  81. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    55% 45%
    C 84 out of 152 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  82. Code written in this language is very readable

    54% 46%
    C 78 out of 144 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  83. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    53% 47%
    C 49 out of 91 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  84. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    53% 47%
    C 32 out of 60 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  85. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    52% 48%
    C 63 out of 119 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  86. This language has a strong static type system

    52% 48%
    C 84 out of 159 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  87. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    52% 48%
    C 42 out of 80 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  88. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    51% 49%
    C 70 out of 137 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  89. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    51% 49%
    C 25 out of 49 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  90. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    50% 50%
    C 86 out of 170 picked C over Fortran Fortran
  91. This language has a very dogmatic community

    49% 51%
    C 66 out of 131 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  92. This language has a niche in which it is great

    45% 55%
    C 74 out of 136 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  93. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    44% 56%
    C 47 out of 85 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    44% 56%
    C 77 out of 139 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  95. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    43% 57%
    C 39 out of 69 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  96. This language is large

    43% 57%
    C 79 out of 139 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  97. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    43% 57%
    C 33 out of 58 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  98. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    42% 58%
    C 90 out of 157 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  99. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    42% 58%
    C 75 out of 130 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  100. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    41% 59%
    C 71 out of 121 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  101. This is a high level language

    40% 60%
    C 96 out of 160 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  102. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    37% 63%
    C 91 out of 145 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  103. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    37% 63%
    C 91 out of 145 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  104. This language has an annoying syntax

    35% 65%
    C 52 out of 80 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  105. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    30% 70%
    C 106 out of 153 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  106. This language is good for scientific computing

    29% 71%
    C 118 out of 168 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  107. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    29% 71%
    C 85 out of 120 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  108. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    28% 72%
    C 54 out of 76 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  109. This language is good for numeric computing

    23% 77%
    C 122 out of 160 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  110. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    18% 82%
    C 124 out of 153 picked Fortran over C Fortran
  111. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    17% 83%
    C 110 out of 133 picked Fortran over C Fortran

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 Fortran 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.