Microsoft has published a stable version of the C++ extension for its popular open-source cross-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code, with support for Arm-based computers and new productivity features.
The new C++ extension from Microsoft comes as C++, a 35-year-old language, grows in popularity among programmers. The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) C++ group, Working Group 21 (WG21), this month finalized C++ version 20. The group is headed up by software engineers from Microsoft and Google.
C++ 20 is the first major update to C++ since C++17 was released in 2017 and contains the biggest improvements since C++11 from 2011, according to Microsoft’s Herb Sutter.
This month C++ became the fastest-growing programming language in the world, according to Tiobe, which publishes a monthly index of the most popular programming languages. C++ is currently the fourth most popular language behind C, Java and Python.
The C++ extension for Visual Studio Code