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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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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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Eyong Kevin Enowanyo Writing is my passion

Hi, I'm Eyong Kevin Enowanyo, a holder of a bachelor degree in software engineering and currently a lead developer. I am passionate and love building software in the domain of Machine learning, AI and Natural Language Processing. My main programming languages are Python, C++, and Java but I am always open to new technologies and experiences.
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Zach Banducci

I have been using C++ for the past 2 years and I am a data structures teaching assistant. I have experience in program architecture and object oriented programming and I am here to help you in your ventures in becoming computer scientists!
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Alexios Lyrakis

Until now I have worked mainly with C. However, through my master in Embedded Systems I discovered the power of C++. I love the power and the flexibility of this language.
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Chad Gorshing https://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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Gaurav Chakravorty https://github.com/gauravchak

I have used C++ at work for 15 years. I aspire for performance in my coding.
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Community-sourced C++ exercises

These are a few of the 51 exercises on the C++ track. You can see all the exercises here.

Space Age
easy
functions
ETL
easy
arrays
control flow loops
maps
Hello World
easy
strings
Beer Song
medium
strings
text formatting
Allergies
easy
bitwise operations
filtering

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