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C++ is a general-purpose programming language that supports procedural, object-oriented, generic and functional programming styles. C++ is deployed on billions of devices from the smallest embedded microprocessor to the largest supercomputer.
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About C++

#include "hello_world.h"

namespace hello_world {

std::string hello()
{
    return "Hello, World!";
}

}

C++ (pronounced cee plus plus) is a general purpose programming language developed by Bjarne Stroustrup starting in 1979 at Bell Labs. It is immensely popular, particularly for applications that require speed and/or access to some low-level features. It is considered to be an intermediate level language, as it encapsulates both high and low level language features.

C++ supports procedural, object-oriented, functional and generic programming. Compilers for C++ are available for essentially every platform, including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Key Benefits:

  • Type safety: Encapsulate necessary unsafe operations
  • Resource safety: Not all resource management is managing memory
  • Performance: For some parts of almost all systems, it's important
  • Predictability: For hard and soft real-time systems
  • Teachability: Complexity of code should be proportional to the complexity of the task
  • Readability: People and machines ("analyzability")
  • Direct map to hardware: of instructions and fundamental data types
  • Zero-overhead abstraction: Classes with constructors and destructors, inheritance, generic programming, functional programming techniques

The standard for C++ is maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the current version of C++ as of June 2018 is C++17 (named not as the 17th version of C++, but rather signifying that the standard was ratified in 2017).

The best thing about C++ is that it runs on everything from embedded processors with very limited resources to the largest mainframe supercomputer and every personal computer in between.

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Meet the C++ Track mentors

Once you join the C++ language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Shankar Shastri GitHub Profile

Lover Of Pure Functional Programming.
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Vladislav Nikonov pacmancoder.xyz

C++ always has a trick up its sleeve
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Chad Gorshing blog.gorshing.net

Currently working on a large project in C++ so working on my chops along with the rest of you all, trying to give back to help out others.
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Doug Whitley https://github.com/TsebMagi

I've been using C# for personal projects in Unity for a little over a year and love the balance it strikes between readiblity and functionality.
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Oleksandr Halushko https://github.com/AlexLeSang

I like C++ for the power it puts in the hands of the developer and I believe that mastering a powerful and versatile tool craftsman grows
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Alexis Lu https://github.com/luyiranl2010

C++ is a powerful language, and I love it for its speed and abundance of utilities. It works both at high-level and low-level, simple and complex program.
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Community-sourced C++ exercises

These are a few of the 42 exercises on the C++ track. You can see all the exercises here.

Difference Of Squares

easy
control flow loops
math

Beer Song

medium
strings
text formatting

Raindrops

easy
strings

Acronym

easy
regular expressions
strings

Robot Name

medium
randomness
strings

Word Count

medium
arrays
maps
parsing
strings

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