Aug 16 2007
Contrary to popular opinion, C++ is still the most powerful general purpose programming language. It runs circles around other languages and today’s compilers have RAD capabilities that only belonged before to languages like Visual Basic and Delphi. Many people consider C++ to be a mid level language because it has both high and low level language features. This gives C++ a tremendous advantage over other languages which is why its used primarily by game developers and software developers who demand high performance computing.
C++ was developed in 1979 by Bjarne Stroustrup, and its still a work in progress. It was standardized in 1998 (ISO/IEC 14882), updated in 2003, and a new standard will soon be published. The name was originally planned to be C++0x, but it will be called C++09 if the C++ Standards Committee introduces it in 2009.