programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1049 out of 1112 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 740 out of 833 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 849 out of 970 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 850 out of 973 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 798 out of 937 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    84% 16%
    C 883 out of 1040 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 882 out of 1043 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 757 out of 999 picked C over Java Java
  10. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 628 out of 831 picked C over Java Java
  11. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 800 out of 1059 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 693 out of 927 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 636 out of 874 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 665 out of 931 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 374 out of 527 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 497 out of 708 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 466 out of 676 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 760 out of 1110 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    67% 33%
    C 736 out of 1083 picked C over Java Java
  20. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 683 out of 1007 picked C over Java Java
  21. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 671 out of 992 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 717 out of 1082 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 716 out of 1090 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    65% 35%
    C 626 out of 963 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 671 out of 1045 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 601 out of 943 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 693 out of 1107 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 348 out of 568 picked C over Java Java
  29. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    C 542 out of 929 picked C over Java Java
  30. This language is best for very small projects

    57% 43%
    C 566 out of 976 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 345 out of 598 picked C over Java Java
  32. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 367 out of 639 picked C over Java Java
  33. 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 243 out of 424 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 558 out of 980 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 610 out of 1089 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 518 out of 951 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 509 out of 953 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    52% 48%
    C 540 out of 1029 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 455 out of 880 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 500 out of 968 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 539 out of 1054 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 556 out of 1101 picked C over Java Java
  43. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 296 out of 590 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 564 out of 1128 each for Java and C Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 495 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 507 out of 975 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 539 out of 1033 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 394 out of 750 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 306 out of 568 picked Java over C Java
  50. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5035 out of 9329 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 534 out of 979 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 173 out of 316 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 546 out of 995 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 555 out of 993 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    43% 57%
    C 511 out of 899 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 685 out of 1171 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 585 out of 990 picked Java over C Java
  58. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 380 out of 627 picked Java over C Java
  59. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 605 out of 995 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    38% 62%
    C 642 out of 1050 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 693 out of 1121 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 579 out of 923 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    36% 64%
    C 515 out of 807 picked Java over C Java
  64. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 532 out of 822 picked Java over C Java
  65. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 637 out of 981 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 583 out of 893 picked Java over C Java
  67. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 424 out of 645 picked Java over C Java
  68. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    34% 66%
    C 492 out of 748 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 666 out of 1001 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    32% 68%
    C 593 out of 884 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 713 out of 1055 picked Java over C Java
  72. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 450 out of 665 picked Java over C Java
  73. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 678 out of 1001 picked Java over C Java
  74. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 676 out of 998 picked Java over C Java
  75. This language is good for beginners

    32% 68%
    C 750 out of 1103 picked Java over C Java
  76. 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 628 out of 923 picked Java over C Java
  77. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 710 out of 1043 picked Java over C Java
  78. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 730 out of 1072 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 649 out of 948 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 710 out of 1037 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 603 out of 878 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 668 out of 969 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    29% 71%
    C 729 out of 1041 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 684 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 731 out of 1029 picked Java over C Java
  86. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 728 out of 1023 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 668 out of 937 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 702 out of 982 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 749 out of 1045 picked Java over C Java
  90. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 693 out of 963 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language has a strong static type system

    27% 73%
    C 773 out of 1073 picked Java over C Java
  92. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 697 out of 966 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 666 out of 891 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 825 out of 1099 picked Java over C Java
  95. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 765 out of 1007 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 609 out of 801 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 738 out of 969 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 431 out of 565 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 783 out of 1021 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 484 out of 626 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    22% 78%
    C 456 out of 588 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    22% 78%
    C 862 out of 1107 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 471 out of 602 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 711 out of 905 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language is best for very large projects

    21% 79%
    C 807 out of 1022 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 471 out of 596 picked Java over C Java
  107. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    20% 80%
    C 447 out of 564 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 505 out of 633 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 931 out of 1089 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 816 out of 945 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1045 out of 1122 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.