I would suggest C before C++. I took a C class after tring C++ on my own.
I tought C++ was newer and better. Actually I found it was only newer. It
has new features and such, just not better because it was an extension or
expansion to C. I don't use C++ so I am sure there are those that would say
C++ is better, but I think it is only better if it suits the job better. I
was told by a friend java is very close to C++ so it maybe a smart move, but
anyone coming in fresh I would always recommend C first.
Many universities teach C++ exclusiveley now. Java and C++ share some
common ground on syntax and the fact that they both support Object oriented
programming. Aside from that, there are many differences. C++ is native
code and executes faster than java which uses a virtual machine. C++ code
is compiled into C code by the compiler and then assembly. Java is
converted into byte code for a virtual machine.
I had a class at the local community college in C before I moved on to
western michigan. The only benefit from the C class was a better
understanding of pointers. Contrary to what many C++ programmers will tell
you, pointers are still very useful and needed at times. Although I tend to
like C as a language, C++ arguably makes it easier to reuse code.
Regardless of the order, you should look at both languages to have a good
foundation. C++ programmers must learn C basics, at least C libraries like
<cstring> and <cstdlib>.
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