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C++ or C

This is a discussion on C++ or C within the C++ Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; I was planning on learning a little bit of C or C++. What I'm trying to figure out is which ...

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    C++ or C

    I was planning on learning a little bit of C or C++. What I'm trying to figure out is which I should learn. I already know and use Java everyday, so I have experience in OO programming. I assume most people will say C++, I'm just wondering why. Thanks in advance.

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    Well, since C is a subset of C++, the only *real* difference is the C++ compiler's casting complaints. C++ is just much more flexible and powerful in the sense that it is truly "a programming language for programmers, not just programs". The customization features, however, don't appeal to everyone, and in that case, C is just as good. Some situations might even be more appropriate just using C (I suppose?). I just plain like C++ better. After all, what's life without a constructor?
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    Well, look at the names: C, and C++.

    In case you didn't know, that means "increased C".
    Therefore, it's better than C in every way, trust me.
    C++ is much better. Learn C++.

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    Originally posted by Sebastiani
    After all, what's life without a constructor?
    LOL! That's a great point really.

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    You better try with C++ , only reason you know OOP and C++ is best for that.
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    Any real reason not to learn straight C? I'd be doing this mostly for fun and my own benefit. I don't plan on leaving my Java job anytime soon.

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    Because C++ enforces better type-checking making it less likely for someone learning to make a mistake.

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    can you people give an non text book answer to his question?

    C and C++ are a hell of a lot more different than most people believe, or even realize.

    >I assume most people will say C++, I'm just wondering why.

    because you already know OOP, and you probably won't take easy to C because of it.

    >Therefore, it's better than C in every way, trust me.

    that is purely opinion.

    >Well, since C is a subset of C++

    technically you have that backwards.
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    Originally posted by Krak
    Therefore, it's better than C in every way, trust me.
    I disagree with that. If it was so much better, why is the linux kernel written in asm/c? :dunno:

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    Originally posted by no-one
    >Well, since C is a subset of C++

    technically you have that backwards.
    No, it's not.

    While it can be arguable to call C a true subset of C++, C++ is in no conceivable way a subset of C.

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    He is right...
    There are tons of threads on that topic, but I think that if you know Java it's better for you to learn C++, because you must know OOP concepts, and ofcourse C++ gives you more capabilities, and it's always up to you to choose what language to learn.
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    I was just jackin with symantics take a chill pill buddy.

    but if you want to get technical.

    C++ is technically a superset of C, and C is as you say arguably and not truely a subset of C++.

    C is has several superset languages, and not many if any of them can claim C as a subset.

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    then again agueably C++ is not truely a superset either, but it more closely fits or is a superset.
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    C++ RuleZzz

    OOP is very cool, I think I couldn't (really) live without it...

    But C++ is C, so I like C too!!!

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    C and C++ are both good languages. Both have their different areas of application, so I don't think the discussion "Is C better than C++" is a very usefull discussion.

    Anyway, I agree with Zahid. You already know Java, so you know OOP. Therefore I'd suggest you learn C++, you will have less problems with learning C++ then learning C.

    But this doesn't imply it is wrong to learn C.

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