programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1044 out of 1107 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 735 out of 827 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 843 out of 962 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 843 out of 965 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 792 out of 929 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    84% 16%
    C 879 out of 1036 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 878 out of 1039 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 753 out of 994 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 796 out of 1053 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 623 out of 825 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 687 out of 920 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 631 out of 868 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 660 out of 926 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 371 out of 521 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 492 out of 702 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 460 out of 669 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 756 out of 1105 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    67% 33%
    C 732 out of 1077 picked C over Java Java
  20. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 680 out of 1003 picked C over Java Java
  21. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 668 out of 986 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 712 out of 1077 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 707 out of 1080 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 622 out of 959 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 666 out of 1038 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 598 out of 939 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 690 out of 1103 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 345 out of 562 picked C over Java Java
  29. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    C 540 out of 923 picked C over Java Java
  30. This language is best for very small projects

    57% 43%
    C 562 out of 972 picked C over Java Java
  31. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 365 out of 633 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 241 out of 418 picked C over Java Java
  33. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 341 out of 592 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 556 out of 976 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 607 out of 1084 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 515 out of 943 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 503 out of 945 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    52% 48%
    C 539 out of 1027 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 453 out of 874 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 498 out of 963 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 536 out of 1049 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 553 out of 1093 picked C over Java Java
  43. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 294 out of 584 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    49% 51%
    C 560 out of 1119 picked Java over C Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 493 out of 970 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 504 out of 971 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 536 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 393 out of 745 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 301 out of 561 picked Java over C Java
  50. I know this language well

    45% 55%
    C 5001 out of 9260 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 529 out of 971 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    45% 55%
    C 171 out of 312 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 542 out of 988 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 553 out of 988 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    43% 57%
    C 505 out of 893 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 683 out of 1165 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 581 out of 983 picked Java over C Java
  58. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 376 out of 620 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    38% 62%
    C 603 out of 988 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    38% 62%
    C 637 out of 1043 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 693 out of 1118 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 574 out of 915 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 509 out of 799 picked Java over C Java
  64. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 527 out of 815 picked Java over C Java
  65. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 634 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 579 out of 887 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 488 out of 742 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 419 out of 637 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 661 out of 995 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    32% 68%
    C 589 out of 879 picked Java over C Java
  71. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 440 out of 653 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 710 out of 1050 picked Java over C Java
  73. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 676 out of 998 picked Java over C Java
  74. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 674 out of 993 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 624 out of 919 picked Java over C Java
  76. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 745 out of 1096 picked Java over C Java
  77. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 705 out of 1035 picked Java over C Java
  78. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 724 out of 1062 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 646 out of 943 picked Java over C Java
  80. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 599 out of 874 picked Java over C Java
  81. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 707 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    30% 70%
    C 666 out of 964 picked Java over C Java
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 681 out of 970 picked Java over C Java
  84. I find this language easy to prototype in

    29% 71%
    C 728 out of 1035 picked Java over C Java
  85. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 724 out of 1018 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 663 out of 930 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 730 out of 1023 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 698 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 746 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  90. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 688 out of 956 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 769 out of 1067 picked Java over C Java
  92. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 693 out of 960 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 663 out of 887 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 814 out of 1088 picked Java over C Java
  95. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    24% 76%
    C 606 out of 798 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 762 out of 1003 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 733 out of 963 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 427 out of 560 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 780 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    22% 78%
    C 451 out of 582 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 482 out of 622 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    22% 78%
    C 855 out of 1098 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 466 out of 597 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 704 out of 898 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    21% 79%
    C 801 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    20% 80%
    C 442 out of 558 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 467 out of 589 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 501 out of 629 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 925 out of 1082 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 809 out of 938 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1041 out of 1118 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.