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    if we took all the funtions away from c++ would it then be the same as any other language or are there differences between languages that go beyond the diffences in c++ and other languages

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    If you have C++ and another language, then you have two different languages.

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    the syntax of a language is probably more important than the function libraries associated with it. Although many functions are actually considered part of the language, the answer is that they would still be very much two different languages.
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    >the syntax of a language is probably more important than the function libraries associated with it.
    Not really. Unless the syntax is totally whack, a large and useful library makes the language more appealing. The syntax is smaller and easier to learn because everything possible would be in libraries (like C) and the language as a whole would be easier to port since the compiler/interpreter would be way simpler. But I agree that syntax is important for pleasant use of the language. That's probably why I don't like most of C++'s additions to C.
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    Perhaps I wasn't clear. I was saying that the syntax is the base of the language. That's what I meant by more important. Only to stress that without the function libraries it is still a separate language (see the original question).
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    I'd say computer languages are somewhat like human languages. Some languages are similar... like English, Spanish, and French, and some are very different... Like English and Chinese.

    I don't think there is a human-language analogy for C vs C++. You could almost say it's like British-English vs American-English... But, although American-English derived from British-English, it was NOT an attempt to extend and improve on it!

    Lots of things very common among computer languages... like math... x = 1 + 2 could be dropped-into most programs. And, most use English (or English-like) keywords and library function names.

    It's always easier to learn your 2nd computer language, because all programs are a sequence of instructions, and all real programming languages can loop and branch.

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