C++ is a general purpose programming language, primarily used today for develop desktop and terminal software, as well as embedded systems development.
The language was first released in 1983, originally designed by Bjarne Stroustrup and has been maintained by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) since 1998.
At the time of this article the latest standard is C++17 (released 2017) with next revision of C++ to be released in 2020.
C++ is one of the most flexible languages available to developers, boasting both high level object oriented programming and low level memory access.
Theversatility of the language allows it to be used in a wide variety of applications, most notably Qt Creator, Unreal Engine and the Arduino Studio all use C++ as their language of choice for development environments.