programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1106 out of 1173 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    89% 11%
    C 794 out of 892 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 901 out of 1027 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 893 out of 1021 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 845 out of 992 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 929 out of 1092 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 927 out of 1094 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 800 out of 1056 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 843 out of 1116 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 656 out of 871 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 730 out of 983 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 674 out of 927 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 711 out of 989 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 410 out of 575 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 539 out of 769 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 797 out of 1161 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 501 out of 732 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    67% 33%
    C 776 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 706 out of 1040 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 712 out of 1058 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 755 out of 1135 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 754 out of 1149 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 652 out of 1003 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 711 out of 1100 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 638 out of 992 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 723 out of 1154 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 384 out of 625 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 595 out of 1016 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 561 out of 968 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 377 out of 651 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 275 out of 478 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 400 out of 699 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 581 out of 1024 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 644 out of 1145 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 546 out of 1004 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 537 out of 1001 picked C over Java Java
  38. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 477 out of 919 picked C over Java Java
  39. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 561 out of 1081 picked C over Java Java
  40. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 568 out of 1102 picked C over Java Java
  41. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 530 out of 1029 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 321 out of 636 picked C over Java Java
  43. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 586 out of 1164 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 592 out of 1176 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 526 out of 1042 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 528 out of 1034 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 567 out of 1088 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 414 out of 789 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 332 out of 619 picked Java over C Java
  50. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    46% 54%
    C 187 out of 348 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5280 out of 9823 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 562 out of 1033 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 574 out of 1049 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 583 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 539 out of 945 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 713 out of 1229 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 619 out of 1050 picked Java over C Java
  58. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 668 out of 1104 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 634 out of 1046 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 422 out of 692 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 724 out of 1176 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 611 out of 975 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 547 out of 853 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 658 out of 1026 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 554 out of 860 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    35% 65%
    C 607 out of 936 picked Java over C Java
  67. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 462 out of 700 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 521 out of 788 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 694 out of 1043 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 625 out of 939 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 711 out of 1055 picked Java over C Java
  72. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

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

    32% 68%
    C 749 out of 1108 picked Java over C Java
  74. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 792 out of 1168 picked Java over C Java
  75. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 712 out of 1049 picked Java over C Java
  76. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 493 out of 726 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

    32% 68%
    C 657 out of 967 picked Java over C Java
  78. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 768 out of 1130 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 742 out of 1088 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 751 out of 1096 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 629 out of 915 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 698 out of 1013 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 768 out of 1104 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 719 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language is good for distributed computing

    29% 71%
    C 694 out of 980 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    29% 71%
    C 770 out of 1087 picked Java over C Java
  87. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 735 out of 1029 picked Java over C Java
  88. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 766 out of 1072 picked Java over C Java
  89. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 811 out of 1133 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 785 out of 1095 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 731 out of 1011 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 731 out of 1009 picked Java over C Java
  93. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 857 out of 1148 picked Java over C Java
  94. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 708 out of 948 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 465 out of 619 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language excels at concurrency

    24% 76%
    C 768 out of 1015 picked Java over C Java
  97. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    23% 77%
    C 812 out of 1068 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 645 out of 844 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 826 out of 1076 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 489 out of 637 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 530 out of 686 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    22% 78%
    C 508 out of 653 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 911 out of 1162 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 753 out of 959 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 485 out of 616 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 853 out of 1077 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 516 out of 649 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 555 out of 695 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 971 out of 1140 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 868 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1095 out of 1176 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.