programming languages

Rank

C vs Objective C

  1. This is a low level language

    94% 6%
    C 197 out of 208 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  2. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    90% 10%
    C 165 out of 182 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  3. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    89% 11%
    C 108 out of 121 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  4. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    89% 11%
    C 171 out of 192 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  5. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    89% 11%
    C 179 out of 201 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  6. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    87% 13%
    C 146 out of 166 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  7. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    87% 13%
    C 144 out of 164 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  8. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    86% 14%
    C 127 out of 146 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  9. This language is minimal

    86% 14%
    C 162 out of 187 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  10. This language is good for numeric computing

    83% 17%
    C 135 out of 161 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  11. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    83% 17%
    C 159 out of 190 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  12. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    83% 17%
    C 178 out of 213 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  13. This is a mainstream language

    83% 17%
    C 91 out of 109 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  14. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    82% 18%
    C 140 out of 169 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  15. I would use this language for writing embedded programs

    81% 19%
    C 27 out of 33 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  16. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    81% 19%
    C 88 out of 108 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  17. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    81% 19%
    C 150 out of 185 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  18. This language is good for scientific computing

    81% 19%
    C 141 out of 174 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  19. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    80% 20%
    C 144 out of 180 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  20. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    77% 23%
    C 113 out of 146 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  21. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    75% 25%
    C 139 out of 183 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  22. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    74% 26%
    C 116 out of 155 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  23. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    74% 26%
    C 132 out of 177 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  24. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    71% 29%
    C 129 out of 180 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  25. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    71% 29%
    C 126 out of 176 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  26. I know this language well

    70% 30%
    C 1306 out of 1849 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  27. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    70% 30%
    C 148 out of 210 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  28. This language has a high quality implementation

    69% 31%
    C 69 out of 99 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  29. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    69% 31%
    C 105 out of 151 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  30. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    67% 33%
    C 120 out of 179 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  31. I know many other people who use this language

    67% 33%
    C 128 out of 191 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  32. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    65% 35%
    C 124 out of 190 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  33. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    64% 36%
    C 123 out of 190 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  34. This language has a very coherent design

    64% 36%
    C 108 out of 167 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  35. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    63% 37%
    C 113 out of 177 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  36. I would use this language for writing server programs

    63% 37%
    C 114 out of 180 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  37. This language is best for very small projects

    63% 37%
    C 110 out of 174 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  38. There are many good tools for this language

    63% 37%
    C 120 out of 190 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  39. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    62% 38%
    C 85 out of 136 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  40. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    62% 38%
    C 110 out of 176 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  41. I would list this language on my resume

    62% 38%
    C 98 out of 158 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  42. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    62% 38%
    C 111 out of 179 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  43. This language has a strong static type system

    61% 39%
    C 124 out of 203 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  44. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    61% 39%
    C 105 out of 172 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  45. I use many applications written in this language

    60% 40%
    C 114 out of 187 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  46. This language is well documented

    60% 40%
    C 112 out of 185 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  47. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    58% 42%
    C 107 out of 183 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  48. This language is good for beginners

    58% 42%
    C 108 out of 185 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  49. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    58% 42%
    C 97 out of 167 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  50. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    58% 42%
    C 65 out of 112 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  51. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    57% 43%
    C 54 out of 94 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  52. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    56% 44%
    C 55 out of 97 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  53. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    54% 46%
    C 34 out of 62 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  54. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    54% 46%
    C 50 out of 92 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  55. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    54% 46%
    C 67 out of 124 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  56. I regularly use this language

    53% 47%
    C 122 out of 226 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  57. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    52% 48%
    C 110 out of 210 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  58. I usually use this language on solo projects

    51% 49%
    C 101 out of 195 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  59. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    51% 49%
    C 58 out of 112 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  60. I would use this language for casual scripting

    51% 49%
    C 100 out of 195 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  61. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    50% 50%
    C 93 out of 184 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  62. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    50% 50%
    C 54 out of 107 picked C over Objective C Objective C
  63. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    50% 50%
    C 26 out of 52 each for Objective C and C Objective C
  64. This language is good for distributed computing

    49% 51%
    C 85 out of 168 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  65. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    49% 51%
    C 55 out of 108 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  66. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    48% 52%
    C 107 out of 208 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  67. I find code written in this language very elegant

    48% 52%
    C 105 out of 202 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  68. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    47% 53%
    C 103 out of 197 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  69. I use this language out of choice

    47% 53%
    C 91 out of 174 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  70. I would use this language for a web project

    46% 54%
    C 109 out of 204 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  71. I enjoy using this language

    45% 55%
    C 121 out of 224 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  72. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    45% 55%
    C 93 out of 172 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  73. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    45% 55%
    C 102 out of 187 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  74. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    45% 55%
    C 105 out of 191 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  75. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    44% 56%
    C 70 out of 127 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  76. This language has a good community

    44% 56%
    C 101 out of 182 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  77. This language is very flexible

    43% 57%
    C 116 out of 205 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  78. This language has a niche in which it is great

    43% 57%
    C 107 out of 189 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  79. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    43% 57%
    C 58 out of 102 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  80. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    43% 57%
    C 94 out of 165 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  81. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    42% 58%
    C 90 out of 157 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  82. This language has a very dogmatic community

    42% 58%
    C 101 out of 175 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  83. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    41% 59%
    C 116 out of 199 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  84. This language has an annoying syntax

    40% 60%
    C 71 out of 119 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  85. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    39% 61%
    C 119 out of 197 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  86. This language excels at concurrency

    39% 61%
    C 105 out of 173 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  87. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    38% 62%
    C 121 out of 198 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  88. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    38% 62%
    C 97 out of 158 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  89. Code written in this language is very readable

    37% 63%
    C 122 out of 196 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  90. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    36% 64%
    C 104 out of 165 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  91. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    36% 64%
    C 115 out of 182 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  92. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    35% 65%
    C 102 out of 159 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  93. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    35% 65%
    C 125 out of 193 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  94. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    35% 65%
    C 94 out of 145 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  95. This language is best for very large projects

    35% 65%
    C 118 out of 182 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  96. I find this language easy to prototype in

    34% 66%
    C 138 out of 212 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  97. This language excels at text processing

    34% 66%
    C 109 out of 166 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  98. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    32% 68%
    C 102 out of 152 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  99. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    32% 68%
    C 75 out of 111 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  100. I would use this language for mobile applications

    30% 70%
    C 150 out of 215 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  101. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    29% 71%
    C 73 out of 103 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  102. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    28% 72%
    C 105 out of 146 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  103. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    27% 73%
    C 133 out of 183 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  104. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    25% 75%
    C 75 out of 101 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  105. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    24% 76%
    C 127 out of 169 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  106. This language is expressive

    24% 76%
    C 153 out of 203 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  107. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    19% 81%
    C 127 out of 157 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  108. This language is large

    18% 82%
    C 132 out of 162 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  109. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    17% 83%
    C 183 out of 223 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  110. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    14% 86%
    C 89 out of 104 picked Objective C over C Objective C
  111. This is a high level language

    10% 90%
    C 195 out of 219 picked Objective C over C Objective C

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 Objective C 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.