Programming languages Comparisons in Computer Gaming (C++ Vs C#)

Programming languages Comparisons in Computer Gaming (C++ Vs C#)

 1 Sep 2020

    Game Programmer,
    Gaming Industry

In this blog we explore the topic of popular programming languages in the Computer Gaming Industry. We also spoke to an experienced Gaming programmer to compare C++ and C#


Before we go into that, firstly, a little background:


What is a Programming Language?

It is a formal language comprising a set of instructions that produce various kinds of output. In computer programming the programming languages are used to implement algorithms.


What is C++

C++ is a general-purpose programming language created by Bjarne Stroustrup as an extension of the C programming language, or "C with Classes".


What is C#

C# (pronounced see sharp, like the musical note C♯, but written with the number sign) is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm programming language encompassing strong typing, lexically scoped, imperative, declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented (class-based), and component-oriented programming disciplines.

C# was developed by Microsoft.


Comparisons of C++  Vs C#



High performance, Complete freedom, with great power comes great responsibility, meaning it can be very unstable unless you know what you are doing and to get the performance out of it you need to really use a lot of the languages features.



Slower (still comparable, especially in recent versions so not 'too slow'), just a little slower than c++ due to being interpreted in intermediate byte code.

For example when a function first runs, it will compile first, so when doing timed tests, never take the first time a function takes to run as the time of execution and compare that, as it will look much slower than it actually is).

Typically windows only but with IL2CPP for unity or Mono, can be used anywhere.

Much safer to code in with better/more modern coding styles and better out of the box support for threading which is a big deal since modern cpu's are having more and more cores. 



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