programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1085 out of 1150 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 777 out of 874 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 882 out of 1006 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 879 out of 1004 picked C over Java Java
  5. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 917 out of 1076 picked C over Java Java
  6. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 831 out of 976 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 912 out of 1078 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 787 out of 1038 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 830 out of 1100 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 645 out of 857 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 718 out of 964 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 661 out of 910 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 692 out of 965 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 395 out of 556 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 528 out of 749 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 489 out of 714 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 781 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 767 out of 1124 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 696 out of 1022 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 704 out of 1040 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 743 out of 1116 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 739 out of 1128 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 639 out of 987 picked C over Java Java
  25. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 627 out of 974 picked C over Java Java
  26. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 697 out of 1083 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 712 out of 1138 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    60% 40%
    C 367 out of 604 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 586 out of 1001 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

    58% 42%
    C 266 out of 457 picked C over Java Java
  31. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 552 out of 953 picked C over Java Java
  32. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 366 out of 635 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 391 out of 681 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 576 out of 1014 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 630 out of 1125 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 538 out of 984 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 528 out of 988 picked C over Java Java
  38. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 470 out of 906 picked C over Java Java
  39. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 554 out of 1068 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 521 out of 1010 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 557 out of 1084 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 317 out of 628 picked C over Java Java
  43. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 577 out of 1146 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 584 out of 1160 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 516 out of 1018 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 523 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    48% 52%
    C 554 out of 1066 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 407 out of 777 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 337 picked Java over C Java
  50. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 325 out of 605 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5171 out of 9602 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 550 out of 1013 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 558 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 573 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 530 out of 929 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 703 out of 1209 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 610 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 624 out of 1030 picked Java over C Java
  59. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 661 out of 1088 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 408 out of 669 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 713 out of 1158 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 598 out of 958 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 538 out of 839 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 649 out of 1012 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 547 out of 848 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 602 out of 923 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 510 out of 776 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    33% 67%
    C 450 out of 679 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 685 out of 1029 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 613 out of 918 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 699 out of 1037 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 739 out of 1094 picked Java over C Java
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 701 out of 1032 picked Java over C Java
  74. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 669 out of 984 picked Java over C Java
  75. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 480 out of 706 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 755 out of 1110 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 781 out of 1147 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 650 out of 954 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 736 out of 1079 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 737 out of 1074 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 621 out of 904 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 688 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 753 out of 1083 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 708 out of 1011 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 760 out of 1069 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 690 out of 970 picked Java over C Java
  87. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 724 out of 1013 picked Java over C Java
  88. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 757 out of 1059 picked Java over C Java
  89. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 799 out of 1116 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 776 out of 1081 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 720 out of 998 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 716 out of 991 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 698 out of 932 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 852 out of 1137 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.

    24% 76%
    C 454 out of 604 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 795 out of 1049 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 762 out of 1002 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 634 out of 832 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 816 out of 1062 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 478 out of 621 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 515 out of 667 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 495 out of 634 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 897 out of 1145 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 740 out of 940 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 473 out of 600 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 840 out of 1059 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 499 out of 629 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 539 out of 676 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 958 out of 1121 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 854 out of 988 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1081 out of 1161 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.