programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1068 out of 1133 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 759 out of 855 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 867 out of 989 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 869 out of 992 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 818 out of 958 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 904 out of 1062 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 903 out of 1066 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 772 out of 1019 picked C over Java Java
  10. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 816 out of 1080 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 636 out of 845 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 706 out of 945 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 651 out of 897 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 679 out of 948 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 384 out of 542 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 512 out of 729 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 478 out of 697 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 772 out of 1126 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 755 out of 1108 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    68% 32%
    C 687 out of 1010 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 696 out of 1027 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 732 out of 1100 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 729 out of 1113 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 634 out of 976 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 687 out of 1069 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 612 out of 958 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 704 out of 1127 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    60% 40%
    C 357 out of 587 picked C over Java Java
  29. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 577 out of 989 picked C over Java Java
  30. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    57% 43%
    C 545 out of 941 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 253 out of 439 picked C over Java Java
  32. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 381 out of 662 picked C over Java Java
  33. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 355 out of 621 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 998 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 623 out of 1111 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 528 out of 968 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 518 out of 973 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 547 out of 1052 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 465 out of 897 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 990 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 551 out of 1071 picked C over Java Java
  42. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 310 out of 612 picked C over Java Java
  43. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 571 out of 1128 picked C over Java Java
  44. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 576 out of 1145 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 505 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 518 out of 997 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 548 out of 1052 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 763 picked Java over C Java
  49. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 317 out of 590 picked Java over C Java
  50. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5100 out of 9463 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    46% 54%
    C 177 out of 328 picked Java over C Java
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 543 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  53. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 552 out of 1013 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 566 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 524 out of 917 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 695 out of 1192 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 603 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 615 out of 1014 picked Java over C Java
  59. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 394 out of 648 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    39% 61%
    C 653 out of 1073 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 702 out of 1141 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 591 out of 943 picked Java over C Java
  63. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 642 out of 998 picked Java over C Java
  64. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 531 out of 825 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 543 out of 836 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 593 out of 911 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 501 out of 762 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 438 out of 665 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 676 out of 1016 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    33% 67%
    C 603 out of 902 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 727 out of 1078 picked Java over C Java
  72. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 691 out of 1022 picked Java over C Java
  73. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 688 out of 1017 picked Java over C Java
  74. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 467 out of 689 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 638 out of 940 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 742 out of 1092 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 769 out of 1130 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 726 out of 1065 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 661 out of 967 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 724 out of 1056 picked Java over C Java
  81. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 679 out of 987 picked Java over C Java
  82. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 614 out of 892 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 741 out of 1064 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 698 out of 999 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 680 out of 956 picked Java over C Java
  86. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 747 out of 1050 picked Java over C Java
  87. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 743 out of 1044 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 715 out of 1002 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 765 out of 1066 picked Java over C Java
  90. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 788 out of 1097 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    28% 72%
    C 708 out of 984 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    27% 73%
    C 705 out of 978 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 684 out of 915 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 841 out of 1118 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 446 out of 590 picked Java over C Java
  96. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 780 out of 1028 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 750 out of 986 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 625 out of 820 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 800 out of 1044 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    23% 77%
    C 468 out of 609 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 501 out of 649 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 880 out of 1127 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 484 out of 618 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 460 out of 584 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 727 out of 922 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 825 out of 1043 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 486 out of 614 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 522 out of 657 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 946 out of 1107 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 836 out of 968 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1064 out of 1143 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.