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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn C++

C++ was designed by Bjarne Stroustrup with its first release in 1983. It’s a statically typed, free-form, multi-paradigm, portable, compiled, general-purpose programming language. C++ is regarded as an intermediate-level language, as it has a combination of both high-level and low-level language features. C++ was designed for systems and applications programming, extending the C programming language. Hence the name C++, the increment operator is written as ++.

C++ remains a popular programming language. For example, it is heavily used in embedded systems, banking, and telecommunications.

It is a superset of C that retains the efficiency and notational convenience of C, while providing facilities for stronger type checking, multiple inheritance, data abstraction, exception handling operator overloading, generic programming, and object-oriented programming. C++ has influenced many other languages including C#, Java, and the development of C.

Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn C++. If you’re looking for more substantial reading material, check out my recommended free C++ programming books.


1. C++ Core Guidelines by Bjarne Stroustrup, Herb Sutter

This is a set of core guidelines for modern C++ taking likely future enhancements and ISO Technical Specifications (TSs) into account. The aim is to help C++ programmers to write simpler, more efficient, more maintainable code.

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2. C++ Language Tutorials by cplusplus

These tutorials explain the C++ language from its basics up to the newest features introduced by C++11. Chapters have a practical orientation, with example programs in all sections to start practicing what is being explained right away.

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3. Google C++ Style Guide by Google

The C++ version targeted by this guide will advance (aggressively) over time.

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4. Joint Strike Fighter, C++ Coding Standards by Lockheed Martin Corporation

This guide aims to provide direction and guidance to C++ programmers that will enable them to employ good programming style and proven programming practices leading to safe, reliable, testable, and maintainable code.

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5. LearnCpp.com

Learn how to program in C++ with these C++ tutorials. These tutorials aim to make learning C++ easy.

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6. Software Design Using C++ by Br. David Carlson with contributions by Br. Isidore Minerd

This material provides the material needed for three complete computer science courses: CS 1, CS 2, and a data structures course, all using C++ as the programming language. At the start of these web pages, simple examples are used that illustrate the feature under discussion. Later, longer and more complex projects are used.

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7. Buckys C++ Programming by thenewboston

We don’t normally include video tutorials in this category, but this collection of videos is meritorious.

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8. C++ Tutorial by Tutorial and Example

This C++ tutorial is written to help beginners and professionals.

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