programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1098 out of 1165 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 790 out of 888 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 893 out of 1019 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 887 out of 1015 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 839 out of 986 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 925 out of 1088 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 921 out of 1088 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 795 out of 1049 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 837 out of 1108 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 653 out of 867 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 725 out of 974 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 669 out of 920 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 698 out of 975 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 404 out of 569 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 534 out of 762 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 792 out of 1155 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 496 out of 726 picked C over Java Java
  19. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 704 out of 1034 picked C over Java Java
  20. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    67% 33%
    C 772 out of 1136 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 708 out of 1049 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 751 out of 1129 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 748 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 643 out of 993 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 706 out of 1095 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 633 out of 986 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 718 out of 1147 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 378 out of 618 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 591 out of 1010 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 558 out of 963 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 372 out of 644 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 271 out of 470 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 396 out of 693 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 578 out of 1021 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 637 out of 1138 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 542 out of 996 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 532 out of 995 picked C over Java Java
  38. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    52% 48%
    C 477 out of 917 picked C over Java Java
  39. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    52% 48%
    C 559 out of 1075 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 527 out of 1023 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 564 out of 1095 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 634 picked C over Java Java
  43. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 588 out of 1170 picked C over Java Java
  44. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 580 out of 1157 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 526 out of 1033 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 527 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 563 out of 1081 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 412 out of 785 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 327 out of 613 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 186 out of 346 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5247 out of 9743 picked Java over C Java
  52. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 568 out of 1042 picked Java over C Java
  53. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 560 out of 1025 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 578 out of 1038 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 537 out of 940 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 711 out of 1220 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 613 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  58. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 666 out of 1098 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 632 out of 1040 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 418 out of 686 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 720 out of 1171 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 609 out of 972 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 545 out of 850 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 656 out of 1020 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 605 out of 932 picked Java over C Java
  67. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    33% 67%
    C 518 out of 784 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    33% 67%
    C 458 out of 693 picked Java over C Java
  69. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 621 out of 933 picked Java over C Java
  70. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 692 out of 1039 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 706 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 747 out of 1105 picked Java over C Java
  73. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 673 out of 994 picked Java over C Java
  74. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 709 out of 1044 picked Java over C Java
  75. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 789 out of 1160 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 764 out of 1123 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

    31% 69%
    C 656 out of 964 picked Java over C Java
  78. This is a mainstream language

    31% 69%
    C 490 out of 720 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 743 out of 1088 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 740 out of 1083 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 625 out of 910 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 695 out of 1010 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 763 out of 1095 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 718 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language is good for distributed computing

    29% 71%
    C 693 out of 978 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 767 out of 1080 picked Java over C Java
  87. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 731 out of 1024 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 808 out of 1129 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 782 out of 1089 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 726 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 726 out of 1003 picked Java over C Java
  93. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 856 out of 1145 picked Java over C Java
  94. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 705 out of 943 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 462 out of 613 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language excels at concurrency

    24% 76%
    C 766 out of 1011 picked Java over C Java
  97. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 807 out of 1062 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 640 out of 839 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 823 out of 1072 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 484 out of 630 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 525 out of 678 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 505 out of 646 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 907 out of 1158 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 748 out of 952 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 480 out of 610 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 848 out of 1071 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 509 out of 641 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 551 out of 689 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 966 out of 1134 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 863 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1089 out of 1170 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.