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What Kind Of Programming Language Is C?

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The C programming language is one of the World’s most popular programming languages. C++, which is our main focus here, is a highly evolved and modernized Object Oriented version of the C language. This closeness of C++ to C means its compilers also support the C language too. Today, you can learn how to write C and C++ software to easily develop desktop, mobile and IoT applications for the different operating systems. C++ has evolved into a truly powerful modern language that allows you to develop apps with modern libraries, database connections, you can use 2D-3D visualizations, modern GUIs with styled skins, High-DPI settings etc. in your 4K+ screens. The latest C++ Builder can be used to develop these kind of apps in Windows 11, including x86, x64 and ARM CPUs, in addition to iOS and Android operating systems.

What kind of programming language is C?

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There are two types of programming languages: Interpreted and Non-Interpreted (Compiled). All computers work with machine code, a low level set of fairly uncomplicated instructions that tells the computer what to do. These low-level instructions, also called ‘assembly code’, are not very easy for humans to read and don’t contain any sophisticated instructions such as Classes, Objects or complex data types. This is the most native and fastest code, but it requires writing many lines for simple things and is hard to generalize for all kinds of machines. C is a non-interpreted (compiled) programming language. A compiler is a computer program that converts one high-level programming language such as C/C++ into executable machine code.

Such compiled code may not be as fast as pure hand-crafted assembler code, but the difference in speed is very small if you choose to use a good quality optimizing compiler such as those found in C++ Builder. C and C++ have a syntax which translates very efficiently into machine language which helps contribute to their power and raw execution speed.

What is the difference between the C++ and C programming language and an interpreted language?

Interpreted programming languages run inside executable runtime applications like Java, Python, or Visual Basic. This is why they are slower when executing operations, as they need to use external compiled libraries for faster operations.

Funnily enough those interpreted languages are actually written using C or C++ compilers both for the runtimes and external libraries. Using an interpreted programming language is like being carried by a runner, while a compiled (non-interpreted) programming language is like running itself. This subtle difference turns into a huge gap when you run the same routine for example in face recognition, millions of times a millisecond.

When was the C programming language invented?

The C Programming Language was developed in the 1970s and since 1970, there have been many programming languages and have been many changes in C language, like C+, C++, CLANG standards C++99, C++11, C++14, and C++17.

C and C++ Compilers are great tools to develop when they are paired with a professional C++ IDE for Windows app development. According to TIOBE Index and parallel to these results in many true statistic web sites, C and C++ programming language have more than 23+% share in total, C language has more than 13.13% share and if you add Objective-C, Swift, and other C and C++ related programming languages it has about more than 33% share in worldwide and note that these are recorded from online data only.

What kind of programming language is C++ Builder?

C++ Builder is a specialized C++ integrated development environment (IDE). It is not a programming language in its own right. With C++ Builder you can create C++ programs for the Microsoft Windows operating system as well as cross-platform apps for various desktop and mobile targets. You can also use C++ Builder to write and compile C language programs. C++ Builder supports the VCL and FireMonkey (FMX) GUI frameworks.

What can I do with C++ Builder?

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C++ Builder is the easiest and fastest C and C++ IDE for building simple or professional applications on the Windows, iOS & Android operating systems. It is also easy for beginners to learn with its wide range of samples, tutorials, help files and LSP support for code. C++ Builder comes with Rapid Application Development Studio, also known as RAD Studio, and C++ Builder is one of the most professional IDE’s that work under RAD Studio. It is the oldest IDE (it began as Borland TurboC in 1990 and was later renamed Borland C++ Builder). Under the Embarcadero brand, it comes with new versions, features, updates, and support. RAD Studio’s C++ Builder version comes with the award-winning VCL framework for high-performance native Windows apps and the powerful FireMonkey (FMX) framework for cross-platform UIs. There is a free C++ Builder Community Edition for students, beginners, and startups.

What is the difference between RAD Studio and C++ Builder?

C++ Builder only allows you to create apps written in the C++ and C programming languages. RAD Studio allows you to create programs and apps in the C++, C and Delphi programming languages.

What is RAD Studio version 11.2?

In 2022, Embarcadero announced the RAD Studio and C++ Builder 11.2 . C++ Builder 11.2 contains a number of improvements and quality fixes for C++ developers using C++Builder and RAD Studio 11.1, including performance improvements, display of code completion results, improved navigation, as well as a variety of quality fixes including resolving an issue for users of the classic compiler, issues saving all files in a project, and more. There are also several new features, including handling multiple navigation destinations when Control-clicking on an identifier, delayed indexing to reduce CPU usage, and a third option for LSP Code Insight behavior which indexes all files in all projects. We recommend reading the what’s new in RAD Studio 11.2 article.

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What are the changes in RAD Studio 11.2?

RAD Studio 11.2 versions are introduced many new features, enhancements, and quality updates in key areas including:   

  • Provision apps for Windows 11
  • C++Builder CodeInsight Update
  • More Powerful Compilers And Debuggers
  • Improved Code Insight!
  • Support for Android API Level 32
  • Compile for macOS M-series (Apple Silicon) processors
  • New & modernized VCL components  
  • Use enhanced remote desktop support to collaborate remotely
  • High-DPI designers for VCL and FireMonkey
  • IDE Support for Markdown, VCL-Based HTML preview
  • IDE Supports high-DPI 4K+ Screens
  • Many Quality Improvements And Bug Fixes


You can download the free C++ Builder Community Edition

Professional developers can use the Professional, Architect or Enterprise versions of C++ Builder. Please visit https://www.embarcadero.com/products/cbuilder.

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33+ years of coding with more than 30+ programming languages, mostly C++ on Windows, Android, Mac-OS, iOS, Linux and some other operating systems. Dr. Yilmaz Yoru was born in 1974, Eskisehir-Turkey. He graduated from the department of Mechanical Engineering of Eskisehir Osmangazi University in 1997. One year later he started to work in the same university as an assistant. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the same department of the same university. He has married and he is a father of a son. Some of his interests are Programming, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Artificial Intelligence. He also likes the graphical 2D & 3D design and high-end innovations.
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