Why C++ is Still in Demand?

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Programming languages are said to be ever-evolving. Generally, the stack you worked on last year will not remain the same this year.

But, when we talk about C++, it was developed in the year 1979 (C with classes) even though, it is still in demand.

According to the 2023 Stack Overflow Developers Survey Report, C++ can hold its position under the top 10 popular technologies but, when we look at the percentage it’s only 22.42%.

Credit: Stack Overflow Developers Survey

Just 22.42% of developers love to use C++ as their programming language while JavaScript is the most popular one followed by HTML/CSS and Python.

It’s not wrong to ask that- Why? 🤔

If developers love languages like Rust or Python then, what’s the point of still using C++?

To get through the answer to this question, let’s understand it.

How is the World Powered by C++?

Undoubtedly, according to the latest list of professional developers, it’s well-cleared that C++ continues to dominate the realm of programming.

Some most used applications that run on C++ are:

  • Adobe Systems (like Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Win Amp Media Player
  • MySQL
  • Postgres
  • Apple OS (some parts)
  • Microsoft Windows OS (Windows 95, ME, 98; XP, Microsoft Office etc.)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Chrome browser, and many more.

Reason Behind Continuing with C++ in Applications

As we know, C++ was developed in the year 1979 (i.e. C with classes) and still now, there are many applications as shown above which are written in C++.

During game development, there is extensive use of hardware for the controls and C++ provides you better proximity to hardware than others.

It is the oldest language and many projects are still going on. And, it seems a bit difficult for developers to change their whole source code in the coming decades.

Although it’s all the reason that I perceived. Besides this, it also includes other features like speed or security.

Here’s a list of some features that make the C++ most powerful language in this hi-tech and fast world.

Features of C++

  • Simple and popular
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Mid-level programming language
  • Speed
  • Machine Independent
  • Compile based
  • Existence of libraries
  • Dynamic memory allocation
  • Case-sensitive
  • Rich library
  • Memory Management

Future of C++

The origin of C++ is very deep, also it is also the base of many other languages. Accordingly, it will not be going down in the coming decades.

Maybe after 20 years or even more than that when AI and machine learning will be in high demand, C++ can become less demanding.

What do you think of it?

Will the new languages be able to make C++ less prominent in the coming decades?


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