programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1084 out of 1149 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 775 out of 872 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 880 out of 1004 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 877 out of 1002 picked C over Java Java
  5. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 916 out of 1075 picked C over Java Java
  6. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 829 out of 973 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 786 out of 1037 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 828 out of 1098 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 644 out of 856 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 716 out of 962 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 909 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 691 out of 964 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 392 out of 553 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 528 out of 748 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 781 out of 1141 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 488 out of 713 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 766 out of 1123 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 694 out of 1020 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 704 out of 1039 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 742 out of 1115 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 738 out of 1127 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 639 out of 986 picked C over Java Java
  25. 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
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 625 out of 972 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 711 out of 1137 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    60% 40%
    C 366 out of 603 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 585 out of 1000 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 264 out of 454 picked C over Java Java
  31. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 551 out of 952 picked C over Java Java
  32. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 363 out of 632 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 389 out of 679 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 574 out of 1011 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 629 out of 1124 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 537 out of 983 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 985 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 905 picked C over Java Java
  39. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 552 out of 1066 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 520 out of 1009 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 556 out of 1083 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 577 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  43. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 315 out of 625 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 583 out of 1157 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 516 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 523 out of 1013 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 554 out of 1065 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 405 out of 775 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 324 out of 603 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5163 out of 9587 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 1012 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 557 out of 1023 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 572 out of 1030 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 530 out of 928 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 702 out of 1207 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 609 out of 1026 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 623 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  59. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 660 out of 1087 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    38% 62%
    C 407 out of 666 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 711 out of 1156 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 537 out of 836 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 649 out of 1010 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 847 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 601 out of 922 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 509 out of 775 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    33% 67%
    C 449 out of 677 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 684 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 612 out of 916 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 696 out of 1034 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 737 out of 1092 picked Java over C Java
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 697 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  74. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 666 out of 980 picked Java over C Java
  75. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 753 out of 1107 picked Java over C Java
  76. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 779 out of 1145 picked Java over C Java
  77. This is a mainstream language

    31% 69%
    C 479 out of 704 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 648 out of 951 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 736 out of 1078 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 736 out of 1072 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 687 out of 999 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 751 out of 1081 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 759 out of 1068 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 688 out of 968 picked Java over C Java
  87. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 755 out of 1057 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 723 out of 1012 picked Java over C Java
  89. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 797 out of 1114 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 775 out of 1079 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 719 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 714 out of 989 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 696 out of 929 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 852 out of 1135 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 452 out of 602 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 793 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 761 out of 1001 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 633 out of 831 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 815 out of 1061 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 513 out of 665 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 493 out of 632 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 895 out of 1143 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 738 out of 938 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. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    20% 80%
    C 497 out of 627 picked Java over C Java
  107. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 839 out of 1058 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 537 out of 674 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 957 out of 1120 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 851 out of 985 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1080 out of 1159 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.