programming languages

Rank

C vs Java

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 1056 out of 1119 picked C over Java Java
  2. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    88% 12%
    C 746 out of 842 picked C over Java Java
  3. This language is minimal

    87% 13%
    C 857 out of 978 picked C over Java Java
  4. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 858 out of 981 picked C over Java Java
  5. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    85% 15%
    C 807 out of 946 picked C over Java Java
  6. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    85% 15%
    C 892 out of 1049 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 891 out of 1053 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 806 out of 1066 picked C over Java Java
  10. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    75% 25%
    C 631 out of 835 picked C over Java Java
  11. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    75% 25%
    C 760 out of 1006 picked C over Java Java
  12. This language is good for numeric computing

    74% 26%
    C 697 out of 933 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 640 out of 882 picked C over Java Java
  14. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    71% 29%
    C 671 out of 938 picked C over Java Java
  15. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    70% 30%
    C 375 out of 532 picked C over Java Java
  16. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 502 out of 714 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 470 out of 684 picked C over Java Java
  18. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    68% 32%
    C 763 out of 1114 picked C over Java Java
  19. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    68% 32%
    C 745 out of 1094 picked C over Java Java
  20. This language is good for scientific computing

    67% 33%
    C 677 out of 998 picked C over Java Java
  21. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    67% 33%
    C 688 out of 1015 picked C over Java Java
  22. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    66% 34%
    C 724 out of 1089 picked C over Java Java
  23. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    65% 35%
    C 722 out of 1100 picked C over Java Java
  24. This language has a niche in which it is great

    64% 36%
    C 627 out of 966 picked C over Java Java
  25. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    64% 36%
    C 678 out of 1055 picked C over Java Java
  26. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    63% 37%
    C 606 out of 949 picked C over Java Java
  27. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    62% 38%
    C 696 out of 1114 picked C over Java Java
  28. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    61% 39%
    C 352 out of 576 picked C over Java Java
  29. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    58% 42%
    C 543 out of 931 picked C over Java Java
  30. This language is best for very small projects

    57% 43%
    C 567 out of 978 picked C over Java Java
  31. This language has a high quality implementation

    57% 43%
    C 351 out of 608 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 248 out of 430 picked C over Java Java
  33. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    57% 43%
    C 374 out of 651 picked C over Java Java
  34. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    56% 44%
    C 561 out of 988 picked C over Java Java
  35. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    55% 45%
    C 614 out of 1097 picked C over Java Java
  36. This language has a very coherent design

    54% 46%
    C 521 out of 956 picked C over Java Java
  37. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    53% 47%
    C 511 out of 958 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 1037 picked C over Java Java
  39. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    51% 49%
    C 457 out of 886 picked C over Java Java
  40. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    51% 49%
    C 505 out of 980 picked C over Java Java
  41. This language is very flexible

    51% 49%
    C 543 out of 1059 picked C over Java Java
  42. I find code written in this language very elegant

    50% 50%
    C 562 out of 1112 picked C over Java Java
  43. I enjoy using this language

    50% 50%
    C 569 out of 1135 picked C over Java Java
  44. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    50% 50%
    C 300 out of 599 picked C over Java Java
  45. I use this language out of choice

    49% 51%
    C 498 out of 986 picked Java over C Java
  46. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    48% 52%
    C 511 out of 984 picked Java over C Java
  47. I usually use this language on solo projects

    47% 53%
    C 542 out of 1041 picked Java over C Java
  48. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    47% 53%
    C 395 out of 754 picked Java over C Java
  49. I know this language well

    46% 54%
    C 5057 out of 9385 picked Java over C Java
  50. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    46% 54%
    C 311 out of 576 picked Java over C Java
  51. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    45% 55%
    C 539 out of 989 picked Java over C Java
  52. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    45% 55%
    C 547 out of 1003 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 175 out of 319 picked Java over C Java
  54. I would list this language on my resume

    44% 56%
    C 559 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  55. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    43% 57%
    C 515 out of 904 picked Java over C Java
  56. I regularly use this language

    41% 59%
    C 689 out of 1180 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 592 out of 1000 picked Java over C Java
  58. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    39% 61%
    C 608 out of 1002 picked Java over C Java
  59. This language has an annoying syntax

    39% 61%
    C 387 out of 635 picked Java over C Java
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    38% 62%
    C 649 out of 1061 picked Java over C Java
  61. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    38% 62%
    C 694 out of 1128 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 583 out of 931 picked Java over C Java
  63. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 522 out of 815 picked Java over C Java
  64. This language has a good community

    35% 65%
    C 638 out of 987 picked Java over C Java
  65. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 536 out of 827 picked Java over C Java
  66. This language has a very dogmatic community

    35% 65%
    C 585 out of 901 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 495 out of 752 picked Java over C Java
  68. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    34% 66%
    C 430 out of 653 picked Java over C Java
  69. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    33% 67%
    C 668 out of 1005 picked Java over C Java
  70. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    32% 68%
    C 598 out of 891 picked Java over C Java
  71. This language is well documented

    32% 68%
    C 683 out of 1012 picked Java over C Java
  72. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    32% 68%
    C 680 out of 1007 picked Java over C Java
  73. This is a mainstream language

    32% 68%
    C 454 out of 672 picked Java over C Java
  74. This language is expressive

    32% 68%
    C 719 out of 1063 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 631 out of 930 picked Java over C Java
  76. This language is good for beginners

    31% 69%
    C 757 out of 1113 picked Java over C Java
  77. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    31% 69%
    C 734 out of 1079 picked Java over C Java
  78. I would use this language for mobile applications

    31% 69%
    C 717 out of 1053 picked Java over C Java
  79. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    31% 69%
    C 656 out of 959 picked Java over C Java
  80. I would use this language for writing server programs

    31% 69%
    C 715 out of 1044 picked Java over C Java
  81. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    31% 69%
    C 606 out of 881 picked Java over C Java
  82. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    31% 69%
    C 672 out of 976 picked Java over C Java
  83. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    30% 70%
    C 690 out of 987 picked Java over C Java
  84. I find this language easy to prototype in

    29% 71%
    C 736 out of 1051 picked Java over C Java
  85. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    28% 72%
    C 735 out of 1035 picked Java over C Java
  86. Code written in this language is very readable

    28% 72%
    C 733 out of 1029 picked Java over C Java
  87. This language is good for distributed computing

    28% 72%
    C 673 out of 944 picked Java over C Java
  88. There are many good tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 706 out of 989 picked Java over C Java
  89. I know many other people who use this language

    28% 72%
    C 753 out of 1052 picked Java over C Java
  90. This language has a strong static type system

    28% 72%
    C 778 out of 1082 picked Java over C Java
  91. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    28% 72%
    C 697 out of 969 picked Java over C Java
  92. This language excels at text processing

    27% 73%
    C 702 out of 973 picked Java over C Java
  93. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    25% 75%
    C 672 out of 898 picked Java over C Java
  94. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    24% 76%
    C 831 out of 1106 picked Java over C Java
  95. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    23% 77%
    C 772 out of 1015 picked Java over C Java
  96. This language excels at concurrency

    23% 77%
    C 742 out of 975 picked Java over C Java
  97. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    23% 77%
    C 616 out of 808 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 437 out of 573 picked Java over C Java
  99. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    23% 77%
    C 788 out of 1030 picked Java over C Java
  100. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    22% 78%
    C 490 out of 635 picked Java over C Java
  101. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    22% 78%
    C 460 out of 595 picked Java over C Java
  102. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    21% 79%
    C 869 out of 1114 picked Java over C Java
  103. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    21% 79%
    C 475 out of 606 picked Java over C Java
  104. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    21% 79%
    C 716 out of 911 picked Java over C Java
  105. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    21% 79%
    C 474 out of 601 picked Java over C Java
  106. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    20% 80%
    C 452 out of 572 picked Java over C Java
  107. This language is best for very large projects

    20% 80%
    C 814 out of 1030 picked Java over C Java
  108. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    20% 80%
    C 511 out of 642 picked Java over C Java
  109. I would use this language for a web project

    14% 86%
    C 936 out of 1095 picked Java over C Java
  110. This language is large

    13% 87%
    C 824 out of 954 picked Java over C Java
  111. This is a high level language

    6% 94%
    C 1055 out of 1132 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.