January 13, 2021
Introduction to C++ Programming Language

C++ Overview

Welcome to the first lesson in the C++ Programming Tutorials.

We would cover the following:


  1. Overview of C++ Programming
  2. C++ as an Object Oriented Programming(OOP) Language
  3. Standard Libraries in C++
  4. Benefits of C++
  5. How to Succeed in Learning C++


1. Overview of C++ Programming

C++ is an object oriented programming language developed by a computer scientist called Bjarne Stroustrup. It was introduced in the 1970s. You can use C++ to build different types of applications. This includes desktop application, games etc.

C++ is recommended for persons who have some prio programming knowledge. Or maybe you study computer science. But you can also learn C++ as a beginner is you can put the right effort.

C++ programming Language is kind of a a superset of the C programming language. So this means that with knowledge of C++, you would not need to learn C. Again, C++ is statically typed, which means that type checking is performed at run time.


2. C++ as an Object Oriented Programming Language

C++ is one of the first languages to support object oriented programming. This means that the programs is modeled according to objects in the real world. More formally, object-oriented programming languages supports the following features:

  • Encapsulation
  • Inheritance
  • Data Hiding
  • Polymorhism

These OOP Concepts would be discussed in details in subsequent lessons.


3. Standard Libraries in C++

Standart C++ is made up of three main parts:

  • The core programming language that provides all the necessary structures including data types, variables, functions, constants etc
  • The C++ standard library¬† that gives a rich set of functions for handling components such a strings, files, input/outputs
  • The Standard Template Library (STL). This provides a rich set of functions for manipulating data structures.


4. Benefits of C++

From the analysis carried out by International Computer Programmers in 2019, C++ has a very high Learning-Curve-to-Demand index. This means that the C++ programmers rank very high in importance.

Below are some of the reasons you need to learn C++

C++ applies to a wide range of application domains. This means that you can use C++ to build things like games, desktop applications, standalone applications and many more

C++ is very useful in writing applications that can communicate with hardware. For example device drivers and even other Unix-based operating systems

Also, C++ is used in AI research and teaching since it contains various features from basic to advanced.


5. How to Succeed in Learning C++

Since C++ is a bit different than other programming languages, the following hints would help you successfully learn C++:

Learn regularly: I would recommend taking out 30 minute every three days to learn

Use the Videos: Under each lesson following this one, there is a video. Try to use this video to understand the lesson

Understand the Concepts: While you practice the codes provided in this tutorials, also try to read the brief text provided so you can understand the concept.

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In the next lesson, we would setup and install Eclipse IDE and MinGW C++ compiler.

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