programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1103 out of 1170 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 792 out of 890 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 899 out of 1025 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 890 out of 1018 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 843 out of 990 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 926 out of 1089 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 925 out of 1092 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 798 out of 1053 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 841 out of 1114 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 655 out of 870 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 729 out of 980 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 672 out of 924 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 707 out of 985 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 407 out of 572 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 537 out of 767 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 795 out of 1158 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 499 out of 730 picked C over Java Java
  19. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 705 out of 1038 picked C over Java Java
  20. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    67% 33%
    C 773 out of 1139 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 711 out of 1055 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 753 out of 1132 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 752 out of 1146 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 649 out of 999 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 708 out of 1097 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 637 out of 990 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 722 out of 1152 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 382 out of 623 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 592 out of 1011 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 560 out of 966 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 376 out of 649 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 273 out of 476 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 397 out of 696 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 580 out of 1023 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 641 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 544 out of 1002 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 534 out of 997 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 918 picked C over Java Java
  39. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 560 out of 1079 picked C over Java Java
  40. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 566 out of 1099 picked C over Java Java
  41. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 528 out of 1027 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 320 out of 635 picked C over Java Java
  43. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 590 out of 1173 picked C over Java Java
  44. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 583 out of 1161 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 526 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 528 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 564 out of 1084 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 331 out of 617 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 5265 out of 9786 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 561 out of 1030 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 572 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 581 out of 1042 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 538 out of 942 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 712 out of 1226 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 616 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  58. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 668 out of 1102 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 634 out of 1044 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 419 out of 689 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 723 out of 1174 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 546 out of 852 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 658 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 553 out of 859 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    35% 65%
    C 607 out of 934 picked Java over C Java
  67. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 460 out of 697 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 520 out of 787 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 694 out of 1042 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 938 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 710 out of 1052 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 748 out of 1106 picked Java over C Java
  73. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 678 out of 1001 picked Java over C Java
  74. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 791 out of 1165 picked Java over C Java
  75. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 492 out of 724 picked Java over C Java
  76. 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 656 out of 965 picked Java over C Java
  77. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    31% 69%
    C 712 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  78. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 767 out of 1127 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 742 out of 1086 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 748 out of 1093 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 628 out of 914 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 767 out of 1101 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 719 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language is good for distributed computing

    29% 71%
    C 694 out of 979 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 770 out of 1084 picked Java over C Java
  87. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 734 out of 1027 picked Java over C Java
  88. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 765 out of 1070 picked Java over C Java
  89. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 811 out of 1132 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 783 out of 1092 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 729 out of 1009 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 729 out of 1007 picked Java over C Java
  93. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 856 out of 1146 picked Java over C Java
  94. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 708 out of 946 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 464 out of 617 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language excels at concurrency

    24% 76%
    C 768 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  97. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    23% 77%
    C 810 out of 1065 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 644 out of 843 picked Java over C Java
  99. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 487 out of 634 picked Java over C Java
  100. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 825 out of 1074 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 529 out of 683 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 507 out of 650 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 909 out of 1160 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 752 out of 957 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 484 out of 615 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 852 out of 1075 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 512 out of 645 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 553 out of 692 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 969 out of 1138 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 866 out of 1003 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1092 out of 1173 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.