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SAMS Teach Yourself C++ in 10 Minutes SECOND EDITION by Jesse Liberty

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The C++ Language

The C++ language was created as the next stage in the development of the C language. C, which was created by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs between 1969 and 1973, was originally designed for programming low-level computer services such as operating systems (in Kernighan and Ritchie's case, Unix). It was meant to replace assembly language programming. Assembly programming led to programs that were hard to read and very difficult to create as separate units. C attained widespread acceptance and became the key language for Unix, and, eventually, Windows.

From its inception, C has been focused on producing high-performance programs, and so is C++.

C represents the procedural programming style of creating programs. ...

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