Understanding the C++ Programming Language

Most gaming and business applications run on c++ programming language. With several businesses now running on computer applications, let’s take a look further at this type of programming language. Just about any business makes use of computers. From POC’s to new engineering tools, many programs and applications are created specifically for their own use and perhaps dedicated servers Europeans use.

What is C++ Programming Language

Before we can begin programming in c++, we must understand what c++ really is. In essence, c++ is just a programming language which allows the computer programmer to type commands that the computer can understand.

Think of it like a dog trainer who is teaching the dog how to roll over. In this circumstance the trainer would be the programmer and the dog would be the computer. The instructions that the trainer is telling the dog, would be the code and the way the trainer is communicating with the dog is the programming language or in our case c++.

Just like in English or French a programming language has grammar or syntax rules. For example, in English to indicate the end of a sentence we use a full stop or period whereas in c++ to indicate the end of a sentence or line you would use the semicolon.

Why should you learn c++?

So now we know that c++ is a programming language, why should you learn how to write it rather than the other languages like python and ruby.

Each language has its strong points and for c++ they are mainly its ability to write programs that run incredibly quickly. This is why c++ is commonly used in game development and business applications. For example, most of the programs that you use on a daily basis were likely written in c++ for example programs like Google chrome, Microsoft office are all written in c++.

C++ as a mid level language

So how does c++ achieve such great speeds? The main reason c++ has an incredible speed is because it is a mid level language, meaning that it can quickly communicate with the hardware, such as the keyboard or screen but still be reasonably easy to program in.

For example think of it like a system of lego blocks where in a high level language are those that come with pre build structures such as a house, whereas a low level language would not have many pre build structures but would have the essentials basics for creating those structures.

The low level languages in programming run very fast and are used to write firmware and operating system like windows. Whereas the high level language run slower but are generally easier programs. C++ is positioned in the middle boasting high speeds and ease of programming, hence is is a mid level programming language.

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