programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1066 out of 1130 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 757 out of 853 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 865 out of 986 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 867 out of 990 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 816 out of 956 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 902 out of 1059 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 902 out of 1064 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 770 out of 1017 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 815 out of 1077 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 634 out of 842 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 705 out of 943 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 650 out of 895 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 678 out of 946 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 382 out of 540 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 508 out of 725 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 771 out of 1124 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 475 out of 693 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 753 out of 1105 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 686 out of 1009 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 694 out of 1024 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 732 out of 1098 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 728 out of 1110 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 633 out of 975 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 685 out of 1066 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 611 out of 955 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 701 out of 1124 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 357 out of 585 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 576 out of 987 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 544 out of 940 picked C over Java Java
  31. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 380 out of 660 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 252 out of 438 picked C over Java Java
  33. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 355 out of 618 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 567 out of 997 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 621 out of 1108 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 526 out of 965 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 516 out of 970 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    52% 48%
    C 547 out of 1049 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 464 out of 895 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 511 out of 988 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 550 out of 1069 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 570 out of 1124 picked C over Java Java
  43. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 308 out of 608 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 575 out of 1142 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 502 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 515 out of 994 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    48% 52%
    C 546 out of 1050 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 400 out of 761 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 176 out of 327 picked Java over C Java
  50. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5089 out of 9439 picked Java over C Java
  51. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    45% 55%
    C 317 out of 587 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 542 out of 999 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 551 out of 1011 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 564 out of 1011 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 523 out of 915 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 693 out of 1190 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 601 out of 1013 picked Java over C Java
  58. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 391 out of 645 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 613 out of 1011 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 652 out of 1071 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 699 out of 1138 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 589 out of 941 picked Java over C Java
  63. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 640 out of 996 picked Java over C Java
  64. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 529 out of 822 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    34% 66%
    C 542 out of 833 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 591 out of 908 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 500 out of 761 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 436 out of 662 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 674 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 602 out of 901 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 724 out of 1075 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 689 out of 1020 picked Java over C Java
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 685 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  74. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 465 out of 687 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 636 out of 938 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 741 out of 1090 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 767 out of 1128 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language for mobile applications

    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 660 out of 966 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 722 out of 1054 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 611 out of 889 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 677 out of 985 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 739 out of 1060 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 697 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 744 out of 1047 picked Java over C Java
  86. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 741 out of 1042 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 678 out of 953 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 713 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 762 out of 1063 picked Java over C Java
  90. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 786 out of 1095 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    28% 72%
    C 707 out of 983 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 703 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 681 out of 912 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 840 out of 1116 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 445 out of 587 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 777 out of 1024 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 748 out of 984 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 624 out of 818 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 798 out of 1041 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 466 out of 607 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 498 out of 646 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 878 out of 1125 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 481 out of 615 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 724 out of 919 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 458 out of 581 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 822 out of 1040 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 484 out of 612 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 519 out of 654 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 944 out of 1105 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 832 out of 964 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1061 out of 1140 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.