Is C++ Still Relevant in 2022?

C++ has been one of the most popular languages in the past few decades. However, many people are becoming doubtful of whether it can keep up with modern development trends.

The question that comes up is: Is C++ relevant in 2022?

In this article, we'll try to give you an answer by providing more details about this programming language, its use, and its pros and cons. Most importantly, we'll show you why C++ is still relevant in 2022.

What is C++?

C++, or "C with Classes," is a general-purpose programming language established by Bjarne Stroustrup as an extension of the C language. It represents a cross-platform programming language for developing high-performance applications.

Simula, widely regarded as the first object-oriented programming language, served as a major inspiration for developing C++. While programming for his Ph.D. thesis, Stroustrup considered Simula to be a convenient language to work with, but it was too sluggish for practical usage.

As a result, he wanted to add similar capabilities to C, resulting in a language that was both fast and high-level for the time. The first commercial use of C++ started in 1985 and has since been through several modifications to keep up with development trends. Especially, with the introduction of modern C++ (version C++11), the language celebrates a revolution in terms of functionalities, safety and ease of use. The international C++ committee (which agrees upon new language features) releases a new language standard every 3 years. The most recent one is C++20 and the upcoming will be C++23.

Where Is C++ Used?

C++ has found many real-world applications:

  • Gaming. C++ is quite efficient. It allows easy resource manipulation and procedural programming over CPU-intensive routines, necessary for the complexity of games.
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications. Applications like Photoshop and other Adobe products, Microsoft Office, Autocad, and others are written in C++.
  • Operating Systems. C++ provides a large set of system-level functions that aid in the development of low-level programs. Parts of the Apple OS and most of Microsoft Windows were written in C++.
  • Browsers. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are also written in C++.
  • Embedded systems. C++ is used to construct many embedded systems that require the code to be closer to the hardware, such as smartwatches, medical devices systems, and so on. This also means that C++ is suitable for Internet of Things (IoT) systems.
  • AR/VR. Large volumes of data must be handled by AR/VR apps, which must alter continually based on input from camera sensors and human interactions. C++ is an excellent choice for handling all of this data and producing an immersive experience.

Why Is C++ Still Relevant Today?

C++, or "C with Classes," is a general-purpose programming language established by Bjarne Stroustrup as an extension of the C language. It represents a cross-platform programming language for developing high-performance applications.

Simula, widely regarded as the first object-oriented programming language, served as a major inspiration for developing C++. While programming for his Ph.D. thesis, Stroustrup considered Simula to be a convenient language to work with, but it was too sluggish for practical usage.

As a result, he wanted to add similar capabilities to C, resulting in a language that was both fast and high-level for the time. The first commercial use of C++ started in 1985 and has since been through several modifications to keep up with development trends. Especially, with the introduction of modern C++ (version C++11), the language celebrates a revolution in terms of functionalities, safety and ease of use. The international C++ committee (which agrees upon new language features) releases a new language standard every 3 years. The most recent one is C++20 and the upcoming will be C++23.

Is C++ Going Away?

C++ is still significant because many programs still have processing performance bottlenecks, and those issues aren't going away anytime soon. Because the language has been there for nearly 40 years, open-source libraries and frameworks have already handled the majority of software challenges.

Existing systems written in C++ need to be maintained. Since a lot of infrastructure software ranging from cars, airplanes to wind turbines, telecom to the underlying systems of Facebook and Google (the Google Search engine is written in C++), the software will most likley not be replaced anytime soon.

Although, developing smartphones and web apps catches the attention younger programmers starting their careers.

But let’s not forget new and exciting technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. Major frameworks in this area such as PyTorch and TensorFlow are mainly written in C++.

So, the answer is no. C++ isn't going away any time soon. C++ is now one of the most widely used computer languages, with a wide range of applications. Python, Java, and web programming are all intriguing career paths, but C++ programmers are often overlooked and mistakenly believed to be dead.

If parts of services like Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, MySQL, and Bloomberg are built in C++, it has to be a really beneficial language.

In our next article we will demonstrate hands-on C++, how we at Consulteer work together with our customers to solve problems using it.

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