programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1087 out of 1153 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 779 out of 876 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 884 out of 1008 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 880 out of 1006 picked C over Java Java
  5. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 917 out of 1077 picked C over Java Java
  6. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    84% 16%
    C 832 out of 979 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 1079 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 787 out of 1039 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 831 out of 1101 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 649 out of 861 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 720 out of 967 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 664 out of 913 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 694 out of 967 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    71% 29%
    C 397 out of 559 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 531 out of 752 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 782 out of 1143 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 490 out of 717 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 768 out of 1127 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 697 out of 1023 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 706 out of 1042 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 744 out of 1119 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 740 out of 1131 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 640 out of 988 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 698 out of 1085 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 628 out of 977 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 713 out of 1140 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    60% 40%
    C 370 out of 608 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 588 out of 1005 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    C 554 out of 955 picked C over Java Java
  31. 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 266 out of 460 picked C over Java Java
  32. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 367 out of 636 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 391 out of 682 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 577 out of 1016 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 632 out of 1128 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 538 out of 985 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 529 out of 989 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 556 out of 1070 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 471 out of 908 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 522 out of 1012 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 558 out of 1087 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 318 out of 629 picked C over Java Java
  43. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 577 out of 1148 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 584 out of 1162 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 517 out of 1020 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 523 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    48% 52%
    C 555 out of 1068 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 408 out of 778 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 180 out of 338 picked Java over C Java
  50. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 325 out of 606 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5189 out of 9632 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 552 out of 1016 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 560 out of 1026 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 574 out of 1032 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    43% 57%
    C 530 out of 930 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 704 out of 1210 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 610 out of 1030 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 626 out of 1032 picked Java over C Java
  59. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 662 out of 1090 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    38% 62%
    C 410 out of 671 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 715 out of 1161 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 600 out of 960 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 539 out of 841 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 651 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 548 out of 850 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 603 out of 924 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 511 out of 777 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    33% 67%
    C 451 out of 683 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 687 out of 1031 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 614 out of 920 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 699 out of 1038 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 740 out of 1096 picked Java over C Java
  73. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 669 out of 987 picked Java over C Java
  74. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 702 out of 1034 picked Java over C Java
  75. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 481 out of 708 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 755 out of 1111 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 783 out of 1150 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 650 out of 954 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 736 out of 1080 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 737 out of 1076 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 621 out of 905 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 689 out of 1002 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 756 out of 1086 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 711 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 760 out of 1070 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 690 out of 971 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 799 out of 1118 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 726 out of 1015 picked Java over C Java
  89. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 759 out of 1061 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 778 out of 1083 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 721 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 719 out of 994 picked Java over C Java
  93. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 852 out of 1138 picked Java over C Java
  94. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 701 out of 935 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 457 out of 607 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 797 out of 1051 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    24% 76%
    C 763 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 635 out of 833 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 818 out of 1065 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 480 out of 624 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 516 out of 669 picked Java over C Java
  102. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 498 out of 637 picked Java over C Java
  103. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 897 out of 1146 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 740 out of 940 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 474 out of 601 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 841 out of 1063 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 501 out of 632 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 540 out of 678 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 958 out of 1122 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 854 out of 989 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1084 out of 1164 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.