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Mastering Windows 8 C++ App Development by Pavel Yosifovich

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Chapter 2. COM and C++ for Windows 8 Store Apps

C++ was first released to the public in 1985 by Bjarne Stroustrup, its creator and original implementer. It was first named "C with Classes", extending the C language to include true object-oriented features. It was published in 1998 in an "official" form and started to gain real traction. In 1998, the ISO standard for the language appeared, later to be revised slightly in 2003.

Years went by without a new standard until 2011, in which finally a new C++ standard was finalized (this process was going on for several years) by the standards committee. Going from 1998 to 2011 with nothing official in between made C++ less popular than it used to be, mostly because of new languages and platforms that appeared, ...

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