programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1112 out of 1179 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    89% 11%
    C 799 out of 897 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 904 out of 1030 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 897 out of 1025 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 851 out of 998 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 935 out of 1098 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 929 out of 1098 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 803 out of 1061 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 848 out of 1123 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 659 out of 874 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 735 out of 989 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 680 out of 933 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    72% 28%
    C 716 out of 994 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 418 out of 583 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 544 out of 775 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 800 out of 1166 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 506 out of 738 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 781 out of 1148 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 708 out of 1045 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 715 out of 1063 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 757 out of 1139 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 759 out of 1154 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 655 out of 1007 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 713 out of 1104 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 641 out of 997 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 725 out of 1159 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 389 out of 632 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 599 out of 1021 picked C over Java Java
  30. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 381 out of 657 picked C over Java Java
  31. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 563 out of 973 picked C over Java Java
  32. 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 278 out of 483 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 406 out of 706 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 585 out of 1029 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 646 out of 1148 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 548 out of 1008 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 540 out of 1006 picked C over Java Java
  38. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    52% 48%
    C 482 out of 924 picked C over Java Java
  39. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 563 out of 1086 picked C over Java Java
  40. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 571 out of 1107 picked C over Java Java
  41. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 534 out of 1036 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 325 out of 641 picked C over Java Java
  43. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 592 out of 1172 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 596 out of 1184 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 529 out of 1046 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 530 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 568 out of 1092 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 417 out of 794 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 335 out of 624 picked Java over C Java
  50. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5319 out of 9887 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    46% 54%
    C 188 out of 349 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 567 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 577 out of 1054 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 588 out of 1052 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 543 out of 951 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 718 out of 1235 picked Java over C Java
  57. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    41% 59%
    C 623 out of 1056 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 637 out of 1050 picked Java over C Java
  59. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 673 out of 1109 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    38% 62%
    C 426 out of 697 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 728 out of 1183 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 614 out of 979 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 550 out of 858 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 662 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 560 out of 866 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    35% 65%
    C 611 out of 941 picked Java over C Java
  67. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 464 out of 705 picked Java over C Java
  68. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    33% 67%
    C 525 out of 792 picked Java over C Java
  69. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 628 out of 945 picked Java over C Java
  70. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 699 out of 1051 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 714 out of 1060 picked Java over C Java
  72. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 679 out of 1008 picked Java over C Java
  73. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 753 out of 1113 picked Java over C Java
  74. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 496 out of 732 picked Java over C Java
  75. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 793 out of 1170 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 770 out of 1135 picked Java over C Java
  77. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 717 out of 1056 picked Java over C Java
  78. 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 662 out of 973 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 746 out of 1093 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 755 out of 1103 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 634 out of 920 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    30% 70%
    C 702 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 770 out of 1109 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 723 out of 1036 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language is good for distributed computing

    29% 71%
    C 696 out of 985 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    29% 71%
    C 775 out of 1093 picked Java over C Java
  87. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 770 out of 1078 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 739 out of 1033 picked Java over C Java
  89. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 815 out of 1138 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 789 out of 1100 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 735 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 737 out of 1016 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 713 out of 954 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 864 out of 1156 picked Java over C Java
  95. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    25% 75%
    C 467 out of 624 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language excels at concurrency

    24% 76%
    C 773 out of 1021 picked Java over C Java
  97. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    23% 77%
    C 817 out of 1073 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 649 out of 850 picked Java over C Java
  99. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 491 out of 640 picked Java over C Java
  100. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 829 out of 1080 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 533 out of 691 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    22% 78%
    C 513 out of 659 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 915 out of 1167 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 757 out of 963 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 492 out of 624 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 857 out of 1081 picked Java over C Java
  107. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    20% 80%
    C 522 out of 656 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 559 out of 700 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 977 out of 1146 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 871 out of 1008 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1100 out of 1181 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.