programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1087 out of 1154 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 780 out of 878 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 886 out of 1010 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 882 out of 1009 picked C over Java Java
  5. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 918 out of 1079 picked C over Java Java
  6. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 833 out of 980 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 914 out of 1081 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 789 out of 1041 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 834 out of 1104 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 649 out of 862 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 722 out of 970 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 665 out of 916 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 969 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 399 out of 562 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 532 out of 754 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 784 out of 1146 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 491 out of 718 picked C over Java Java
  19. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 700 out of 1026 picked C over Java Java
  20. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 769 out of 1130 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 706 out of 1043 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 745 out of 1122 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 741 out of 1133 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 640 out of 989 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 699 out of 1087 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    64% 36%
    C 629 out of 979 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 715 out of 1143 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    60% 40%
    C 371 out of 609 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 589 out of 1007 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 555 out of 957 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 367 out of 636 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 266 out of 462 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 392 out of 685 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 1017 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 632 out of 1131 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 538 out of 986 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 991 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 557 out of 1072 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 472 out of 911 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 523 out of 1015 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 559 out of 1089 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 319 out of 631 picked C over Java Java
  43. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 586 out of 1165 picked C over Java Java
  44. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 577 out of 1150 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 519 out of 1023 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 524 out of 1019 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 557 out of 1070 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 410 out of 780 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 181 out of 339 picked Java over C Java
  50. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 325 out of 608 picked Java over C Java
  51. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5196 out of 9646 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 555 out of 1019 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 562 out of 1029 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 576 out of 1034 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 533 out of 933 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 706 out of 1213 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 1032 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 627 out of 1035 picked Java over C Java
  59. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 663 out of 1092 picked Java over C Java
  60. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 411 out of 674 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 715 out of 1162 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 602 out of 963 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 541 out of 843 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 654 out of 1017 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 852 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 604 out of 925 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 513 out of 779 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 452 out of 686 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 688 out of 1034 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 617 out of 923 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 702 out of 1041 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 740 out of 1097 picked Java over C Java
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 703 out of 1037 picked Java over C Java
  74. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    32% 68%
    C 671 out of 989 picked Java over C Java
  75. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 757 out of 1114 picked Java over C Java
  76. This is a mainstream language

    31% 69%
    C 485 out of 713 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 784 out of 1152 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 737 out of 1082 picked Java over C Java
  79. 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 653 out of 957 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 738 out of 1079 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 622 out of 907 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 691 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 758 out of 1088 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 713 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 762 out of 1073 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 691 out of 973 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 799 out of 1119 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 727 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  89. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 761 out of 1063 picked Java over C Java
  90. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 779 out of 1084 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 722 out of 1001 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 721 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  93. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    25% 75%
    C 852 out of 1139 picked Java over C Java
  94. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 701 out of 936 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 459 out of 609 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 800 out of 1054 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    24% 76%
    C 764 out of 1006 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 637 out of 835 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 1066 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 482 out of 626 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 519 out of 672 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 898 out of 1149 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 500 out of 639 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 741 out of 941 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 475 out of 603 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 842 out of 1065 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 503 out of 634 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 543 out of 681 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 959 out of 1125 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 857 out of 992 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1085 out of 1166 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.