C++ is an object-oriented programming language. It is an extension of the programming language C. Because it has features of C, it can be considered a hybrid language; you don’t need to code in an object-oriented style. It is a very popular language. It’s key strengths are software infrastructure, desktop applications, server applications (such as SQL), and performance applications (such as space probes). This language is a bit hard to learn, but it is very important.
What is C++ used for?
C++ is used to define a set of operations for a computer to follow, in order to accomplish a task. Some typical C++ programming includes:
- inputting and outputting database information
- displaying videos
- playing sound effects
- controlling electronic devices that are attached to a computer
- game and software development.
It is an almost universal programming language — meaning just about every computer can use it.
The History of C++
Bjarne Stroustrup began working on C++ in 1979. He referred to it as “C with Classes”. It was renamed in 1983 to C++, because new features were added, such as functions, type checking, and the development of a compiler, called Cfront. In 1985 The C++ Programming Language was released to the public. It is the first reference guide for the language, and it became commercially available that same year. C++ 2.0 became available in 1989, with a new edition of the guide. After the second update, C++ didn’t change all that much until 2011 — then, the C++11 standard was released, with new features. Then, a minor update in 2014 happened. There are two more updates planned for the near future.
If you want to learn C++, it will definitely give you an edge in the programming field. It is a very popular language, because it is so compatible. Also, it is a great object-oriented language to start off with.