C++ tends to be an underrated programming language. Some people claim that it is outdated and that Java is a better programming language because of its compatibility with multiple platforms. I think poor-old C++ is taking an unfair beating. It’s still a fantastic programming language, no doubt.
Why Should You Use C++?
C++ is an awesome programming language for several reasons:
- C++ has quite a few dynamic elements which allow for more creative freedom.
- For such a powerful programming language, the code syntax makes sense.
- Users have tons of control when programming.
- C++ is actually very portable to various platforms, including Windows and Mac.
- Not only are there tons of graphics libraries for C++, there are even more library options available since it is built off of another programming language named C.
- Although I usually use C++ for game design, it also has many uses in software development.
The most important benefit C++ has is its power. C++ is considered a low-level language – a language that works closely with the hardware – so it has capabilities that you might not find in other programming languages.
What Are the Disadvantages to C++?
Inevitably, C++ has a few downsides:
- The learning curve is higher for C++ than other languages. It’s slightly harder to grasp.
- Programs made with C++ can’t be imbedded in webpages like programs made with Java can.
- C++ is prone to bugs and glitches due to dynamic memory allocation. When you’re working this closely with the memory, you have more responsibilities like this.
The main thing to take away from the disadvantages of C++ is how it is challenging to learn. It may be tricky to learn C++ as your first programming language. If you have no programming experience, I recommend checking out another language. It will be ok to sacrifice the power for now – you’ll save yourself lots of stress!
Best C++ Tools for Your Success
When you pair C++ with the right tools, you’ve got yourself a beastly setup! There are some crucial resources you need to have when developing games in C++.
First, you need an Integrated Development Environment, or IDE. This is the program you’re going to type all of your code into and build your programs with. IDEs work tons better than Notepad or any other basic text editor! I recommend Visual Studio for Windows users and Xcode for Mac users. You can also try Eclipse, which works well on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
In addition to your IDE, you’re going to need either a game library or a game engine. Libraries add more code for you to use so things like graphics and input can be implemented. Game engines perform essentially the same function, but instead of just providing you the code to do add graphics and such, they provide you with a whole framework. This means that some code in your program must behave a certain way. Libraries do not have this restriction.
Be sure to keep an eye out on my computer programming tutorial page for C++ tutorials coming soon!