C++ Today

The Beast Is Back

Publisher: O'Reilly
Released: June 2015

Now that software development is shifting primarily toward mobile and cloud computing, the venerable C++ programming language is returning to the dominant position it held during the object-oriented boom of the 1990s. In this O’Reilly report, you’ll learn why C++ is once again the preferred choice across several diverse industries, after taking a backseat to Java during the 2000s.

C++ is a complicated beast that's not easy to learn. But when you need a powerful, highly portable systems programming language or an application programming language with uncompromising performance, it’s hard to beat. With the 2011 and 2014 updates, C++ feels like a completely new language, rather than the old C++ with new features bolted on.

Authors Jon Kalb and Gašper Ažman demonstrate how modern C++ (C++11 and C++14) provides the power, performance, libraries, and tools necessary for massive server farms as well as low-footprint mobile apps.

  • Delve into the modern C++ features that are generating new interest in the language
  • Learn why C++ is the only high-level language available on Apple, Android, and Microsoft mobile devices
  • Explore the C++ cloud computing appeal, including performance, high portability, and low-level hardware control
  • See what the future holds for C++ with proposed changes in the 2017 update

Jon Kalb conducts onsite training on C++ best practices and advanced topics. Over the past two decades, he’s written C++ for companies including Amazon, Apple, Dow Chemical, Intuit, Lotus, Microsoft, Netscape, Sun, and Yahoo! An Approved Outside Training Vendor for Scott Meyers’ training materials, Jon is currently working on Amazon’s search engine at A9.com.

Gašper Ažman is an undercover mathematician masquerading as a software engineer. On his quest to express ideas precisely, concisely, and with simplicity, he studies emerging programming languages for new tricks to apply in his C++. He’s currently taking a hiatus from teaching to work on the Amazon search engine at A9.com.

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