About: C++

About C++

C++ (pronounced "see plus plus") is a free, general-purpose, object-oriented, compiled programming language. It was designed for use in system programming and embedded, resource-constrained, low-level, and large systems that require high performance and efficiency.

It was designed by Bjarne Stroustrup and released in 1985. His work on "C with Classes" became "C++". As of 2017, C++ remains the third most popular programming language, behind Java and C. Many other programming languages have since been influenced by C++ including C#, D, Java, Perl and PHP.

C is used to build many types of software:

  • Desktop applications
  • Games
  • Web browers
  • Operating systems
  • Compilers
  • Many others

Examples include:

  • Adobe products
  • Google applications
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MySQL
  • Apple OSX
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office
  • OpenOffice
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Visual C# compiler
  • Counter Strike game
  • Diablo I and Diablo II games
  • And aspects of YouTube, Facebook, and Amazon.