What is a C++ Programmer?

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A C++ programmer is a person that writes computer code in the C++ programming language. C++ is an object-oriented programming language, which means that a C++ programmer should understand classes and other aspects of object-oriented programming. C++ programmers can be found in many areas, including video game software programming and business application creation.

C++ programmers write computer programs in C++, which is a mid-level computer language. Mid-level computer languages allow programmers to write commands in easier to understand terms then the binary language a computer understands. When the programmer is done writing the commands (called code), the code is translated by a compiler into a language that the computer can understand.

C++ is an object-oriented programming language, so a C++ programmer should understand what is unique about object-orient programming (OOP). Object-oriented programming involves using data structures known as objects in both broad and unique ways. Functions can act differently depending on what type of object is called by the function. Non-OOP languages do not have objects, and are more rigid when it comes to handling data.

C++ programmers can be found writing many different types of code. Programs like web browsers, graphics editing programs, and data analyzing programs have all been written in full or in part with C++. Computer games are often coded partially in either C or C++. Applications designed for some types of cellular phones have also been designed using C++.

C++ is an offshoot of the C programming language. It is often described as “C with Classes,” though there are other differences as well. A C programmer may find it easy to transition to C++ because much of the language is the same.

C++ is one of the most common programming languages known. It is often taught to programmers early in their higher education, and may even be the first computer language that they learn. C++’s popularity, however, has been partially eroded by newer languages, including more recent releases in the C family like C# and Objective-C. Each of these languages has its own benefits and flaws, and should not be considered superior to the others in every situation.



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