Hello C++ developers, C++ students, and C++ educators. We recently had another milestone for the C++ programming language with a free version of C++ Builder, C++ Builder 11 CE Community Edition released in April 2023. If you are a start-up developer, student, hobbyist or just interested in learning to code then C++ Builder Community Edition may well be just the thing for you. Read the FAQ notes on the CE license and then simply fill out the form and download C++ Builder 11 CE.
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Where can I learn to program in C++ for free?
If you don’t know anything about C++ or the C++ Builder IDE, don’t worry, we have a lot of examples on the LearnCPlusPlus.org website and they’re all completely free. Just visit this site and copy and paste any examples there into a new Console, VCL, or FMX project, depending on the post example. We keep adding more C and C++ posts with sample code. In today’s round-up of recent posts on LearnCPlusPlus.org, we have new C and C++ posts with very simple examples that can be used with the following:
- The free version of C++ Builder 11 CE Community Edition.
- or a full paid version of C++ Builder and RAD Studio.
- or free BCC32C C++ Compiler and BCC32X C++ Compiler.
- or the free Dev-C++.
What is new in C++ Builder CE?
C++ Builder 11 CE, the free Edition of C++ Builder, has been recently released. Embarcadero has made available a Community Edition license for the most recent 11.3 release of Delphi and C++Builder. This is a free edition of either Delphi or C++Builder for students, hobbyists, and startups (as the license is revenue-limited).
There is also a new Delphi CE version 11 edition. The C++ CE version and Delphi CE version cannot exist on the same machine. The full commercial versions of RAD Studio with Delphi and C++ Builder can co-exist though, and, in fact, RAD Studio can choose between the “C++ personality” and “Delphi personality” so you can use it for both languages as your needs dictate.
What are the important features of C++ that can be used with C++ Builder CE?
C++ is a very capable, versatile, and powerful programming language that has a very strong compiler supported by a big community on a range of different platforms. The C++ language definitions, syntax, and functionality are organized into different standards. Those standards are usually named after the year the standard was adopted such as 1998 for C++98, 2011 for C++11, 2014 for C++14, and 2017 for C++17. One of the great features of a C++ compiler is you can choose which standards you want your code to be compiled against, before the compilation of your source code. This allows the compiler to check that your code complies with that standard. In the first post, we explain what the standards are, how you can view them, how you can check the compatibility of your C++ source code against different standards, and how you can choose to use C++ standards in C++ compiler options. https://learncplusplus.org/how-to-use-c-standards-in-c-compiler-options/
C++ has many different variable types to develop modern applications with modern C++ IDE‘s and compilers. Several different language constructs are referred to as ‘constants’. There are numeric constants and string constants. Every enumerated type defines constants that represent the values of that type. Declared constants are either true constants or typed constants. In the next post, we will explain what we mean by a declared constant and what is a true constant which is a kind of declared constant in C++. https://learncplusplus.org/what-are-declared-true-constants-in-modern-c/
C++11 brings a lot of improvements over C++98. In C++98, two consecutive right-angle brackets (>>) give an error, and these constructions are treated according to the C++11 standard which means CLANG compilers no longer generate an error about right angle brackets. In this post, we explain this and how to solve the right-angle bracket problem in C++. https://learncplusplus.org/what-is-the-right-angle-bracket-support-in-c/
C++11 brings a lot of improvements and I think one of the most important features were the Unicode Character Types and Literals that allow more support for strings in different languages globally. C++11 introduced a new character type to manipulate Unicode character strings. This can be used in C++11, C++14, C++17, and above. This feature improved interactions in next generation C++ applications, like chat, social media applications, and so on by allowing a more diverse set of language characters and symbols to be displayed as well as emoticons. In the next post, we explain what are Unicode character types and literals in Modern C++. https://learncplusplus.org/learn-unicode-character-types-and-literals-in-modern-c/
Modern C++ is really amazing with a lot of great features of programming. One of the features of Modern C++ is a Defaulted Function or in another term Defaulted Method of classes that is a function that contains
=default; in its prototype. Defaulted functions are a feature of C++11 and above. In the last post, we explain what is a defaulted function or method in modern C++. https://learncplusplus.org/what-is-defaulted-function-or-method-in-modern-c-now/
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What might be next for C++ Builder?
According to David’s post, C++ Builder is aiming to include some amazing features; CLANG v15, support for C++20 and a lot of C++23 features, Win64 primary OS, new code completion, Visual Assist C++ navigation and refactoring, and lots more.
Note also that a month ago, Embarcadero also announced the release of RAD Studio 11 Alexandria Release 3, also known as RAD Studio 11.3, along with Delphi 11.3 and C++Builder 11.3. This release is focused on quality and improvements, building on the great new features in RAD Studio 11 Alexandria three previous releases.
C++ Builder is the easiest and fastest C and C++ IDE for building simple or professional applications on the Windows, MacOS, iOS & Android operating systems. It is also easy for beginners to learn with its wide range of samples, tutorials, help files, and LSP support for code. RAD Studio’s C++ Builder version comes with the award-winning VCL framework for high-performance native Windows apps and the powerful FireMonkey (FMX) framework for cross-platform UIs.
There is a free C++ Builder Community Edition for students, beginners, and startups; it can be downloaded from here. For professional developers, there are Professional, Architect, or Enterprise version.