<language>class is a user-defined type, syntactically a struct with member functions. Constructors and destructors are member functions called to create or destroy instances. A friend is a nonmember function that is allowed to access the private portion of a class. C++ allows implicit type conversion, function inlining, overloading of operators and function names, and default function arguments. It has streams for I/O and references. C++ 2.0 (May 1989) introduced multiple inheritance, type-safe linkage, pointers to members, and abstract classes. C++ 2.1 was introduced in ["Annotated C++ Reference Manual", B. Stroustrup et al, A-W 1990]. MS-DOS, Unix ANSI C++ - X3J16 committee. (They're workin' on it). See also cfront, LEDA, uC++. Usenet newsgroup: comp.lang.c++. ["The C++ Programming Language", Bjarne Stroustrup, A-W, 1986].
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