programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1060 out of 1123 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 750 out of 846 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 859 out of 980 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 860 out of 983 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 810 out of 949 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 895 out of 1052 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 895 out of 1057 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. I use many applications written in this language

    75% 25%
    C 809 out of 1069 picked C over Java Java
  10. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 764 out of 1010 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 632 out of 837 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 701 out of 937 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 644 out of 887 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 673 out of 940 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 378 out of 536 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 505 out of 717 picked C over Java Java
  17. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 766 out of 1117 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 471 out of 687 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 748 out of 1098 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 680 out of 1001 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 689 out of 1019 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 729 out of 1094 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 723 out of 1104 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 628 out of 970 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 680 out of 1057 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 608 out of 951 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 699 out of 1119 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 354 out of 579 picked C over Java Java
  29. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    C 543 out of 934 picked C over Java Java
  30. This language is best for very small projects

    58% 42%
    C 570 out of 981 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 353 out of 612 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 249 out of 432 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 378 out of 656 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 562 out of 991 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    56% 44%
    C 619 out of 1103 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 523 out of 959 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 513 out of 961 picked C over Java Java
  38. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    51% 49%
    C 541 out of 1041 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 459 out of 889 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 508 out of 984 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 547 out of 1063 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 566 out of 1116 picked C over Java Java
  43. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 571 out of 1137 picked C over Java Java
  44. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 302 out of 602 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 499 out of 989 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 512 out of 988 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    48% 52%
    C 543 out of 1045 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 398 out of 757 picked Java over C Java
  49. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5067 out of 9402 picked Java over C Java
  50. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    45% 55%
    C 314 out of 580 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 541 out of 994 picked Java over C Java
  52. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 548 out of 1006 picked Java over C Java
  53. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    45% 55%
    C 176 out of 322 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 562 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    42% 58%
    C 517 out of 906 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 690 out of 1182 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 596 out of 1004 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 610 out of 1006 picked Java over C Java
  59. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 389 out of 639 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    38% 62%
    C 650 out of 1065 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 695 out of 1131 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 586 out of 936 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 525 out of 818 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 639 out of 991 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 538 out of 829 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    34% 66%
    C 587 out of 903 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 497 out of 756 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 432 out of 655 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 671 out of 1008 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    32% 68%
    C 599 out of 894 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 685 out of 1015 picked Java over C Java
  72. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 682 out of 1009 picked Java over C Java
  73. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 722 out of 1068 picked Java over C Java
  74. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 460 out of 680 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 633 out of 933 picked Java over C Java
  76. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    32% 68%
    C 737 out of 1084 picked Java over C Java
  77. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 763 out of 1120 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 721 out of 1057 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 659 out of 962 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 718 out of 1048 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 608 out of 886 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 673 out of 978 picked Java over C Java
  83. I find this language easy to prototype in

    30% 70%
    C 736 out of 1054 picked Java over C Java
  84. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    29% 71%
    C 694 out of 991 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    29% 71%
    C 738 out of 1040 picked Java over C Java
  86. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 735 out of 1035 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 676 out of 948 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 710 out of 994 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 756 out of 1056 picked Java over C Java
  90. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 782 out of 1089 picked Java over C Java
  91. This language excels at text processing

    28% 72%
    C 702 out of 977 picked Java over C Java
  92. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 700 out of 973 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 676 out of 904 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 835 out of 1110 picked Java over C Java
  95. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    24% 76%
    C 774 out of 1019 picked Java over C Java
  96. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    23% 77%
    C 441 out of 579 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 745 out of 978 picked Java over C Java
  98. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 620 out of 813 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 793 out of 1035 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    22% 78%
    C 461 out of 598 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 492 out of 638 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 873 out of 1118 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 477 out of 609 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 720 out of 915 picked Java over C Java
  105. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    21% 79%
    C 454 out of 575 picked Java over C Java
  106. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    21% 79%
    C 477 out of 604 picked Java over C Java
  107. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 818 out of 1034 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 514 out of 645 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 939 out of 1098 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 826 out of 957 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1058 out of 1135 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.