programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1077 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 769 out of 866 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 876 out of 999 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 875 out of 1000 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 826 out of 969 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 912 out of 1071 picked C over Java Java
  7. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    84% 16%
    C 909 out of 1074 picked C over Java Java
  8. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    81% 19%
    C 122 out of 150 picked C over Java Java
  9. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 781 out of 1032 picked C over Java Java
  10. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 643 out of 854 picked C over Java Java
  11. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 822 out of 1092 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 712 out of 957 picked C over Java Java
  13. 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 657 out of 905 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 686 out of 959 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 389 out of 549 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 523 out of 743 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 778 out of 1136 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    68% 32%
    C 486 out of 710 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 764 out of 1120 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 694 out of 1018 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    68% 32%
    C 704 out of 1035 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 739 out of 1110 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 735 out of 1122 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 639 out of 984 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 693 out of 1078 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 619 out of 966 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 709 out of 1135 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 364 out of 596 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 582 out of 997 picked C over Java Java
  30. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    57% 43%
    C 261 out of 450 picked C over Java Java
  31. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 550 out of 949 picked C over Java Java
  32. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 387 out of 673 picked C over Java Java
  33. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 361 out of 629 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 572 out of 1007 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 626 out of 1121 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 533 out of 977 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 525 out of 981 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 551 out of 1061 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 468 out of 902 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 517 out of 1002 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 556 out of 1080 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 315 out of 622 picked C over Java Java
  43. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 575 out of 1137 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 581 out of 1155 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 515 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 522 out of 1010 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 554 out of 1061 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 404 out of 772 picked Java over C Java
  49. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    46% 54%
    C 179 out of 336 picked Java over C Java
  50. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 322 out of 601 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5143 out of 9546 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 549 out of 1009 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 556 out of 1020 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 571 out of 1027 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 528 out of 926 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 700 out of 1203 picked Java over C Java
  57. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    40% 60%
    C 607 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 618 out of 1022 picked Java over C Java
  59. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 402 out of 661 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 659 out of 1083 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 709 out of 1151 picked Java over C Java
  62. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    37% 63%
    C 594 out of 954 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 534 out of 832 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 647 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 545 out of 843 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 598 out of 918 picked Java over C Java
  67. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    34% 66%
    C 506 out of 770 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    33% 67%
    C 445 out of 673 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 682 out of 1025 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 610 out of 913 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 693 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 735 out of 1090 picked Java over C Java
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 695 out of 1025 picked Java over C Java
  74. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 475 out of 700 picked Java over C Java
  75. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 776 out of 1142 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 750 out of 1103 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    31% 69%
    C 644 out of 947 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 665 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 733 out of 1074 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 732 out of 1067 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 619 out of 900 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 685 out of 995 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 748 out of 1074 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 705 out of 1008 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 755 out of 1063 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 686 out of 965 picked Java over C Java
  87. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 752 out of 1054 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 721 out of 1010 picked Java over C Java
  89. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 795 out of 1110 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 773 out of 1076 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    28% 72%
    C 714 out of 992 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 713 out of 987 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 694 out of 927 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    24% 76%
    C 450 out of 599 picked Java over C Java
  95. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 850 out of 1130 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 788 out of 1042 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 758 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 631 out of 829 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 811 out of 1057 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 475 out of 618 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    23% 77%
    C 508 out of 660 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 490 out of 628 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 889 out of 1137 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 735 out of 934 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 471 out of 598 picked Java over C Java
  106. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    20% 80%
    C 492 out of 622 picked Java over C Java
  107. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 835 out of 1054 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 533 out of 669 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 955 out of 1116 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 845 out of 979 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1075 out of 1154 picked Java over C Java

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 Java 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.