programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1052 out of 1115 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 744 out of 839 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 852 out of 973 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 853 out of 976 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 801 out of 940 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    84% 16%
    C 887 out of 1044 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 887 out of 1048 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 758 out of 1002 picked C over Java Java
  10. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 630 out of 833 picked C over Java Java
  11. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 802 out of 1062 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 694 out of 929 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 636 out of 877 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 669 out of 936 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 375 out of 530 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 497 out of 709 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    68% 32%
    C 468 out of 680 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 761 out of 1111 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 740 out of 1088 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 673 out of 994 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 685 out of 1012 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 721 out of 1086 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 718 out of 1094 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 626 out of 964 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 676 out of 1051 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 602 out of 945 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 696 out of 1111 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 350 out of 572 picked C over Java Java
  29. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    C 542 out of 930 picked C over Java Java
  30. This language has a high quality implementation

    58% 42%
    C 350 out of 603 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language is best for very small projects

    57% 43%
    C 566 out of 977 picked C over Java Java
  32. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 371 out of 645 picked C over Java Java
  33. 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 244 out of 426 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 561 out of 985 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 612 out of 1093 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 519 out of 953 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 510 out of 956 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    52% 48%
    C 540 out of 1031 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 457 out of 884 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 504 out of 975 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 539 out of 1055 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 557 out of 1104 picked C over Java Java
  43. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 299 out of 595 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 567 out of 1132 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 498 out of 981 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    47% 53%
    C 510 out of 980 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 541 out of 1037 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 394 out of 750 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 307 out of 570 picked Java over C Java
  50. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5049 out of 9362 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 536 out of 983 picked Java over C Java
  52. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 546 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  53. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    45% 55%
    C 174 out of 317 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 558 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    43% 57%
    C 513 out of 902 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 687 out of 1176 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 588 out of 996 picked Java over C Java
  58. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 383 out of 631 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 607 out of 998 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    38% 62%
    C 646 out of 1057 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 694 out of 1124 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 580 out of 926 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 518 out of 810 picked Java over C Java
  64. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 535 out of 825 picked Java over C Java
  65. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 638 out of 983 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    35% 65%
    C 583 out of 898 picked Java over C Java
  67. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 427 out of 650 picked Java over C Java
  68. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    34% 66%
    C 493 out of 749 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 668 out of 1003 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 594 out of 887 picked Java over C Java
  71. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 451 out of 668 picked Java over C Java
  72. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 678 out of 1003 picked Java over C Java
  73. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 716 out of 1059 picked Java over C Java
  74. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 682 out of 1006 picked Java over C Java
  75. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    32% 68%
    C 629 out of 926 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 732 out of 1076 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 754 out of 1107 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 714 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 711 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 653 out of 953 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 604 out of 879 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    30% 70%
    C 670 out of 971 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 731 out of 1045 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 688 out of 982 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    29% 71%
    C 731 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  86. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 729 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 670 out of 940 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 703 out of 984 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 751 out of 1049 picked Java over C Java
  90. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 775 out of 1078 picked Java over C Java
  91. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 694 out of 964 picked Java over C Java
  92. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 700 out of 969 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 669 out of 894 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 825 out of 1100 picked Java over C Java
  95. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 769 out of 1012 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 614 out of 806 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 740 out of 971 picked Java over C Java
  98. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    23% 77%
    C 434 out of 569 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 783 out of 1022 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 487 out of 630 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    22% 78%
    C 458 out of 591 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    22% 78%
    C 865 out of 1110 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 473 out of 604 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 713 out of 908 picked Java over C Java
  105. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    21% 79%
    C 471 out of 597 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 809 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  107. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    20% 80%
    C 448 out of 567 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 508 out of 638 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 932 out of 1091 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 819 out of 948 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1050 out of 1127 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.