C++ is a high-level, general-purpose programming language that was created by Danish computer scientist Bjarne Stroustrup in 1985 as an extension of the C programming language. C++ has since evolved significantly over time and currently supports multiple programming paradigms, such as procedural, object-oriented, generic, and functional programming. C++ also provides low-level memory manipulation features and is widely used for developing software that requires high performance, efficiency, and flexibility.

Some of the features of C++ are:

  • It is compiled, which means it converts the source code into machine code that can be executed directly by the hardware.
  • It is statically typed, which means it checks the data types of variables at compile time and enforces strict rules for type conversions.
  • It is multi-paradigm, which means it supports different ways of programming, such as structured, object-oriented, generic, and functional.
  • It supports inheritancepolymorphismencapsulation, and abstraction in object-oriented programming, which allow creating reusable and modular code.
  • It supports templates, which are a form of generic programming that enable writing code that can work with different types of data without duplication.
  • It supports exceptions, which are a way of handling errors and abnormal situations in a program.
  • It supports smart pointers, which are objects that manage the memory allocation and deallocation of other objects automatically.
  • It supports standard library, which is a collection of classes and functions that provide common functionality, such as containers, algorithms, strings, input/output, etc.

To learn C++, you need to understand the basic syntax and concepts of the language, such as data types, operators, control structures, functions, classes, objects, templates, exceptions, etc. You also need to practice writing and running C++ code using a compiler and an editor or an IDE.