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C++ Tutorial

C++ tutorial provides basic and advanced concepts of C++. Our C++ tutorial is designed for beginners and professionals.

C++ is an object-oriented programming language. It is an extension to C programming.

Our C++ tutorial includes all topics of C++ such as first example, control statements, objects and classes, inheritance, constructor,
destructor, this, static, polymorphism, abstraction, abstract class, interface, namespace, encapsulation, arrays, strings, exception handling,
File IO, etc.

Before learning C++, you must have the basic knowledge of C.

Our C++ tutorial is designed to help beginners and professionals.

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What is C++
C++ is a general purpose, case-sensitive, free-form programming language that supports object-oriented, procedural and generic

C++ is a middle-level language, as it encapsulates both high and low level language features.

Object-Oriented Programming (OOPs)

C++ supports the object-oriented programming, the four major pillar of object oriented programming used in C++ are:

1. Inheritance

2. Polymorphism

3. Encapsulation

4. Abstraction

Standard Libraries
Standard C++ programming is divided into three important parts:

o The core library includes the data types, variables and literals, etc.

o The standard library includes the set of functions manipulating strings, files, etc.

o The Standard Template Library (STL) includes the set of methods manipulating a data structure.
Usage of C++
By the help of C++ programming language, we can develop different types of secured and robust applications:

o Window application

o Client-Server application

o Device drivers

o Embedded firmware etc

o C vs C++
No. C C++

1) C follows the procedural style programming. C++ is multi-paradigm. It supports both procedural and object

2) Data is less secured in C. In C++, you can use modifiers for class members to make it inaccessible
for outside users.

3) C follows the top-down approach. C++ follows the bottom-up approach.

4) C does not support function overloading. C++ supports function overloading.

5) In C, you can't use functions in structure. In C++, you can use functions in structure.

6) C does not support reference variables. C++ supports reference variables.

7) In C, scanf() and printf() are mainly used for input/output. C++ mainly uses stream cin and cout to perform input and output
8) Operator overloading is not possible in C. Operator overloading is possible in C++.

9) C programs are divided into procedures and modules C++ programs are divided into functions and classes.

10) C does not provide the feature of namespace. C++ supports the feature of namespace.

11) Exception handling is not easy in C. It has to perform using C++ provides exception handling using Try and Catch block.
other functions.

C++ Features
C++ is object oriented programming language. It provides a lot of features that are given below.
1. Simple

2. Machine Independent or Portable

3. Mid-level programming language

4. Structured programming language

5. Rich Library

6. Memory Management

7. Fast Speed
8. Pointers

9. Recursion

10. Extensible

11. Object Oriented

12. Compiler based

1) Simple
C++ is a simple language in the sense that it provides structured approach (to break the problem into parts), rich set of library functions,
data types etc.

2) Machine Independent or Portable

Unlike assembly language, c programs can be executed in many machines with little bit or no change. But it is not platform-independent.

3) Mid-level programming language

C++ is also used to do low level programming. It is used to develop system applications such as kernel, driver etc. It also supports the
feature of high level language. That is why it is known as mid-level language.

4) Structured programming language

C++ is a structured programming language in the sense that we can break the program into parts using functions. So, it is easy to
understand and modify.

5) Rich Library
C++ provides a lot of inbuilt functions that makes the development fast.

6) Memory Management
It supports the feature of dynamic memory allocation. In C++ language, we can free the allocated memory at any time by calling the free()

7) Speed
The compilation and execution time of C++ language is fast.

8) Pointer
C++ provides the feature of pointers. We can directly interact with the memory by using the pointers. We can use pointers for memory,
structures, functions, array etc.

9) Recursion
In C++, we can call the function within the function. It provides code reusability for every function.

10) Extensible
C++ language is extensible because it can easily adopt new features.

11) Object Oriented

C++ is object oriented programming language. OOPs makes development and maintenance easier where as in Procedure-oriented
programming language it is not easy to manage if code grows as project size grows.

12) Compiler based

C++ is a compiler based programming language, it means without compilation no C++ program can be executed. First we need to compile
our program using compiler and then we can execute our program.

C++ Goto Statement

The C++ goto statement is also known as jump statement. It is used to transfer control to the other part of the program. It unconditionally
jumps to the specified label.
It can be used to transfer control from deeply nested loop or switch case label.

C++ Goto Statement Example

Let's see the simple example of goto statement in C++.

1. #include <iostream>
2. using namespace std;
3. int main()
4. {
5. ineligible:
6. cout<<"You are not eligible to vote!\n";
7. cout<<"Enter your age:\n";
8. int age;
9. cin>>age;
10. if (age < 18){
11. goto ineligible;
12. }
13. else
14. {
15. cout<<"You are eligible to vote!";
16. }
17. }


You are not eligible to vote!

Enter your age:
You are not eligible to vote!
Enter your age:
You are not eligible to vote!
Enter your age:
You are eligible to vote!

C++ Functions
The function in C++ language is also known as procedure or subroutine in other programming languages.

To perform any task, we can create function. A function can be called many times. It provides modularity and code reusability.

Advantage of functions in C
There are many advantages of functions.

1) Code Reusability

By creating functions in C++, you can call it many times. So we don't need to write the same code again and again.

2) Code optimization

It makes the code optimized, we don't need to write much code.

Suppose, you have to check 3 numbers (531, 883 and 781) whether it is prime number or not. Without using function, you need to write the
prime number logic 3 times. So, there is repetition of code.

But if you use functions, you need to write the logic only once and you can reuse it several times.

Types of Functions
There are two types of functions in C programming:

1. Library Functions: are the functions which are declared in the C++ header files such as ceil(x), cos(x), exp(x), etc.

2. User-defined functions: are the functions which are created by the C++ programmer, so that he/she can use it many times. It reduces
complexity of a big program and optimizes the code.

Declaration of a function
The syntax of creating function in C++ language is given below:

1. return_type function_name(data_type parameter...)

2. {
3. //code to be executed
4. }
C++ Function Example
Let's see the simple example of C++ function.

1. #include <iostream>
2. using namespace std;
3. void func() {
4. static int i=0; //static variable
5. int j=0; //local variable
6. i++;
7. j++;
8. cout<<"i=" << i<<" and j=" <<j<<endl;
9. }
10. int main()
11. {
12. func();
13. func();
14. func();
15. }


i= 1 and j= 1
i= 2 and j= 1
i= 3 and j= 1

C++ Recursion
When function is called within the same function, it is known as recursion in C++. The function which calls the same function, is known as
recursive function.

A function that calls itself, and doesn't perform any task after function call, is known as tail recursion. In tail recursion, we generally call the
same function with return statement.

Let's see a simple example of recursion.

1. recursionfunction(){
2. recursionfunction(); //calling self function
3. }

C++ Recursion Example

Let's see an example to print factorial number using recursion in C++ language.

1. #include<iostream>
2. using namespace std;
3. int main()
4. {
5. int factorial(int);
6. int fact,value;
7. cout<<"Enter any number: ";
8. cin>>value;
9. fact=factorial(value);
10. cout<<"Factorial of a number is: "<<fact<<endl;
11. return 0;
12. }
13. int factorial(int n)
14. {
15. if(n<0)
16. return(-1); /*Wrong value*/
17. if(n==0)
18. return(1); /*Terminating condition*/
19. else
20. {
21. return(n*factorial(n-1));
22. }
23. }


Enter any number: 5

Factorial of a number is: 120

We can understand the above program of recursive method call by the figure given below: