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Sams Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours, Second Edition by Greg Perry

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Hour 17 Programming with C and C++

C is one of those programming languages that most programmers never predicted would take off. Designed as a highly efficient, somewhat cryptic language used to write an operating system named UNIX, C is a language designed by systems programmers. In the late 1980s, the same decade after its primary release, virtually every program on the store shelves was written in C. C, followed by its successor C++, quickly replaced the popular Pascal language in the 1980s and only recently have Visual Basic and Java made a dent in C and C++’s massive usage. C’s impact on the programming world cannot be stressed enough.

C++ is considered by many to be a better language than C. C++ offers full support for object-oriented ...

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