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What You Should Know About Outsourcing for C++

Quick Summary - Is C++ the right programming language for your project? If you work with a large SMB or Enterprise, quite possibly.

What You Should Know About Outsourcing for C++

C++ is extremely versatile and C++ developers tend to be more experienced than programmers specializing in other languages.

 

What is C++?

C++ is a general-purpose programming language that allows for both procedural and object-oriented programming. It’s usually implemented as a compiled language. A compiler translates source code into machine code directly instead of being interpreted by a virtual machine. C++ also excels in managing system resources. These and other characteristics of C++ make it an excellent option for developing high-performance software.

The other “C-Family” languages

While focusing on C++, it’s worth commenting briefly on the other “C-Family” languages – C, C#, and Objective-C.

  • C is a multipurpose language equally suitable for desktop, mobile, IoT, and browser-based apps, as well as graphics-intensive and resource-intensive games However, C is a procedural programming language lacking robust security, particularly in handling data.
  • Objective-C has been used extensively for iOS and OSX apps, but new apps are making use of Swift because it’s easier to read, write and maintain, is more secure, it’s faster, and the list of advantages goes on. Some apps use Objective-C and Swift.
  • C# (C-Sharp) is used almost exclusively (and is a good option) for Windows platforms and Microsoft’s .NET framework.

 

Profile for C++

C++ will likely edge out C for most new projects. Essentially, C is a large subset of C++. So, if a developer is proficient with C++, odds are pretty high that they’re fluent in C, too. You’ll want to verify this with any developer you bring aboard as C++ is a huge language and it is possible for developers to focus on other subsets. Not common, but possible.

C++ is a procedural and object-oriented programming language, so it can do everything C can do and a lot more. Developers can use the low-level capabilities of C++ to write code to efficiently manage system resources, so it’s not surprising to see how extensively it’s used:

  • C++ is often used for game development which can be resource-intensive.
  • IoT devices can make good use of C++’s ability to efficiently manage their limited computing and power resources.
  • C++ is great for database structure and storage, and it’s used by database tools like MySQL and MongoDB.
  • Most web browsers use C++ for backend services, rapidly retrieving information from databases and powering interactive web pages.
  • Machine Learning tools often make use of C++ for their back-ends. C++ has a vast library of algorithms for training ML systems.
  • Augmented/Virtual/Extended Reality software applications (like those powered by the Unreal Engine) frequently rely upon C++ to handle the constant and massive stream of data they generate based on camera motion and user interactions.
  • C++ is extensively used in Enterprise, telecommunications, and financial software, from MS Office to NASDAQ. This extends equally to scientific and medical software which rely upon complex algorithms.
  • Defense – C++ is used in the systems that power the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” Fighter Jet.
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An F-16 “Fighting Falcon”

C++’s many advantages

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Security for C++

The software industry is in the process of ramping up security efforts in response to President Biden’s executive order on CyberSecurity. Big Tech is investing billions into enhancing security for their systems; Microsoft is pledging $20 billion over the next five years on security.

C++ is not particularly good for security (though it handles data better than C). That does not mean C++ programs are impossible to secure. A software architect can evaluate your app’s functional requirements to create a technical stack that does everything you need plus keep it and user data secure. The main issue involved is that you will probably need to hire additional software developers adept in other programming languages – like Python or JavaScript.

The following additional resources can help keep your team on track with secure software development efforts:

Help for your C++ tech stack

Most C++ projects are Windows, Linux, and Unix-based, but you can find C++ being used just about everywhere. C++ is a vast language with an incredibly broad range of resources and tools. Talking with a software architect to determine your project requirements and tech stack is essential to getting and keeping your project on track. C++ can work with a wide range of devices that can require their own SDKs and APIs, libraries, and frameworks to accomplish what you need.

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C++ developer statistics

There’s a striking difference between C++ and Python developers. For one, the vast majority of Python developers work for companies with fewer than 100 employees. This is completely reversed for C++ developers, with most working for large SMBs and Enterprises. Moreover, C++ developers tend to have significantly more years of experience than the average Python developer. Even so, Python is the most popular second language of C++ developers.

The following statistics are drawn primarily from the Standard C++ Foundation’s third annual, global C++ developer survey with 1,034 participants. You can download it for free from their site – isocpp.org. Beyond these statistics, it goes into a variety of issues faced by C++ developers

C++ developers tend to work for very large companies (SMB-enterprise):

  • About 75% of C++ developers work in companies with 1,000 or more employees.
  • Only 5% work for startups and small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

C++ developers tend to have a high level of experience:

  • 23% have worked with C++ for 20+ years
  • 30% have used C++ for 10-20 years
  • 22% have 6-10 years of experience with C++

Most C++ developers work with Windows/Unix/Linux systems:

  • Windows Desktop – 69%
  • Linux Desktop – 58%
  • Linux Server – 49%
  • Embedded Systems – 31%
  • Windows Server – 21%
  • Android – 18%
  • iOS – 11%

Other commonly known languages used by C++ developers:

  • Python – 65%
  • C – 50%
  • JavaScript – 31%
  • C# – 29%
  • SQL – 24%
  • Java – 22%

These statistics indicate that small businesses and startups should think twice before adopting C++ for their project – though there are cases where it may be your best option. It’s paramount that you talk with an experienced software architect to determine your software’s requirements.
This is certainly the case if you are developing for Windows, Unix, and Linux-based systems. If you need to develop for the .NET framework, you might want to look for C# developers.

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