Developing your Own Software With C and C++

By: john wircken

C is a general-purpose computer programming language developed in 1972 by Dennis Ritchie at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Though ‘C’ was initially designed as a system implementation language, it is also widely used for applications. C Language has also greatly influenced many other popular languages such as C++ which was originally designed as an extension of C. C++ is a general purpose programming language and is regarded as a mid-level language, since it comprises both high-level and low-level languages. C++ was developed by Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup in 1979 at Bell Labs as an enhancement to the programming language C. C is therefore useful for many applications that have been coded in assembly language.

C is one of the most effective and innovative of all computer languages. It is very simple to write programming in C language. It is also a powerful language that can yield solutions to many complex problems. In this modern world where new computer languages are introduced almost every day, and old languages get obsolete within short spans of time, C has come to stay for a longer period. There are many specialties in the C Language which has made it remain for a long time. There is hardly any language which can match the functionality and efficiency of the C language. It is almost invincible in the computer programming world.

The recent years has seen great improvements in C/C++ development. It is not easy to learn C directly. To become well-versed in C or C++ languages one should have a strong concept about the programming elements such as polymorphism, classes, inheritance etc. It is a language on which C++ is based upon. C# is also derived from C. And the ubiquitous Java is also the distant cousin of C. It shares the same programming concept and syntax of C.

The C language facilitates rapid execution of concepts. C provides you access to the basic elements of the computer. It gives you direct access to the memory of your CPU through pointers. It also allows you to manipulate bits and bytes. Only few languages such as C++, Java, and C # can make use of Object Oriented Programming. Not all the programs need it even though it is a powerful tool. Such programs are still written in C. There are three types of languages such as High Level, Middle Level & Low Level. High level languages are user oriented, giving faster development of programs. Low level languages are machine oriented and they provide faster execution of programs. C is a middle level language because it combines the best part of high level language with low level language.

C++ is considered as an extension of the programming language C. The extension of programming language C to create C++ is obtained by adding classes to C. C++ programming language is highly flexible, versatile and very powerful. It is the most suited language for development of reusable programs, which are very important to keep the production cost minimum. Java Programming in Java is very similar to C/C++ development. It is object-oriented and well structured. It is very easy to learn if you know C or C++. C has been around for many years and has a great scope for development and improvement. Many people around the globe use C language, since it is one of the simplest and easiest of computer languages.

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