Why I chose C++

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I’m starting to study the Programming Language C++. I’m a C programmer, so I feel that I can improve my programming skills studying C++. The C++ syntax is similar to C, providing for me a facility.

The book which i’m reading: The Programming Laguage C++.

I’ll transcribe some main points the first chapter about C++, which I think most interesting.

I(Bjarne) invented C++, wrote its early definitions, and produced its first implementation. I chose and formulated the design criteria for C++, designed all its major facilities, and was responsible for the processing of extension proposals in the C++ standards committee.Clearly, C++ owes much to C [Kernighan,1978]. Except for closing a few serious loopholes in the type system (see Appendix B), C is retained as a subset. I also retained C’s emphasis on facilities that are low-level enough to cope with the most demanding systems programming tasks.

C in turn owes much to its predecessor BCPL [Richards,1980]; in fact, BCPL’s // comment convention was (re)introduced in C++. The other main source of inspiration for C++ was Simula67[Dahl,1970] [Dahl,1972]; the class concept (with derived classes and virtual functions) was borrowed from it. C++’s facility for overloading operators and the freedom to place a declaration wherever a statement can occur resembles Algol68 [Woodward,1974].

C++ is used by hundreds of thousands of programmers in essentially every application domain.This use is supported by about a dozen independent implementations, hundreds of libraries, hundreds of textbooks, several technical journals, many conferences, and innumerable consultants.Training and education at a variety of levels are widely available.

C++ is widely used for teaching and research. This has surprised some who – correctly – point out that C++ isn’t the smallest or cleanest language ever designed. It is, however:

clean enough for successful teaching of basic concepts,
– realistic, efficient, and flexible enough for demanding projects,
– available enough for organizations and collaborations relying on diverse development and
execution environments,
comprehensive enough to be a vehicle for teaching advanced concepts and techniques, and
– commercial enough to be a vehicle for putting what is learned into non-academic use.

C++ is a language that you can grow with.

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