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C++ vs Markdown: What are the differences?

C++: Has imperative, object-oriented and generic programming features, while also providing the facilities for low level memory manipulation. C++ compiles directly to a machine's native code, allowing it to be one of the fastest languages in the world, if optimized; Markdown: Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber. Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

C++ and Markdown can be primarily classified as "Languages" tools.

"Performance", "Control over memory allocation" and "Cross-platform" are the key factors why developers consider C++; whereas "Easy formatting", "Widely adopted" and "Intuitive" are the primary reasons why Markdown is favored.

Asana, Code School, and GoSquared are some of the popular companies that use Markdown, whereas C++ is used by Lyft, OkCupid, and Twitch. Markdown has a broader approval, being mentioned in 756 company stacks & 718 developers stacks; compared to C++, which is listed in 199 company stacks and 371 developer stacks.

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What is C++?

C++ compiles directly to a machine's native code, allowing it to be one of the fastest languages in the world, if optimized.

What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.
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Decisions about C++ and Markdown
Dima Korolev
Dima Korolev
Principal Maintainer at Current | 3 upvotes 14K views
atFriendlyDataFriendlyData
C++
C++
Ruby
Ruby
#Grammar
#NLP
#BNF

Ruby NLP C++ Grammar #BNF

At FriendlyData we had a Ruby-based pipeline for natural language processing. Our technology is centered around grammar-based natural language parsing, as well as various product features, and, as the core stack of the company historically is Ruby, the initial version of the pipeline was implemented in Ruby as well.

As we were entering the exponential growth phase, both technology- and product-wise, we looked into how could we speed up and extend the performance and flexibility of our [meta-]BNF-based parsing engine. Gradually, we built the pieces of the engine in C++.

Ultimately, the natural language parsing stack spans three universes and three software engineering paradigms: the declarative one, the functional one, and the imperative one. The imperative one was and remains implemented in Ruby, the functional one is implemented in a functional language (this part is under the NDA, while everything I am talking about here is part of the public talks we gave throughout 2017 and 2018), and the declarative part, which can loosely be thought of as being BNF-based, is now served by the C++ engine.

The C++ engine for the BNF part removed the immediate blockers, gave us 500x+ performance speedup, and enabled us to launch new product features, most notably query completions, suggestions, and spelling corrections.

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Yashu Mittal
Yashu Mittal
Founder & CEO at CodeCarrot | 1 upvotes 7.8K views
atCodeCarrotCodeCarrot
Markdown
Markdown
Ruby
Ruby
Jekyll
Jekyll

Jekyll is an open source static site generator (SSG) with a Ruby at its core which transform your plain text into static websites and blogs.

It is simple means no more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install鈥攋ust your content. As said earlier SSG uses Markdown, Liquid, HTML & CSS go in and come out ready for deployment. Lastly it's blog-aware permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare | 13 upvotes 224.1K views
atStackShareStackShare
styled-components
styled-components
Emotion
Emotion
Glamorous
Glamorous
Showdown
Showdown
Ruby
Ruby
GraphQL
GraphQL
React
React
Markdown
Markdown
#StackDecisionsLaunch
#CssInJs
#Frontend

For Stack Decisions I needed to add Markdown in the decision composer to give our users access to some general styling when writing their decisions. We used React & GraphQL on the #Frontend and Ruby & GraphQL on the backend.

Instead of using Showdown or another tool, We decided to parse the Markdown on the backend so we had more control over what we wanted to render in Markdown because we didn't want to enable all Markdown options, we also wanted to limit any malicious code or images to be embedded into the decisions and Markdown was a fairly large to import into our component so it was going to add a lot of kilobytes that we didn't need.

We also needed to style how the markdown looked, we are currently using Glamorous so I used that but we are planning to update this to Emotion at some stage as it has a fairly easy upgrade path rather than switching over to styled-components or one of the other cssInJs alternatives.

Also we used React-Mentions for tagging tools and topics in the decisions. Typing @ will let you tag a tool, and typing # will allow you to tag a topic.

The Markdown options that we chose to support are tags: a, code, u, b, em, pre, ul, ol, li.

If there are anymore tags you'd love to see added in the composer leave me a comment below and we will look into adding them.

#StackDecisionsLaunch

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Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare | 5 upvotes 11.1K views
atStackShareStackShare
Rails
Rails
Ruby
Ruby
Markdown
Markdown
#StackDecisionsLaunch

I needed to make stack decisions accept a subset of Markdown, similarly to sites like Reddit or Stack Overflow.

I used the redcarpet Ruby gem for parsing, and Rails' sanitize helper made it very easy to only allow certain tags: links, bold, italics, lists, code blocks, paragraphs.

Problem solved! #StackDecisionsLaunch

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Conor Myhrvold
Conor Myhrvold
Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber | 16 upvotes 704.7K views
atUber TechnologiesUber Technologies
Apache Spark
Apache Spark
C#
C#
OpenShift
OpenShift
JavaScript
JavaScript
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
C++
C++
Go
Go
Node.js
Node.js
Java
Java
Python
Python
Jaeger
Jaeger

How Uber developed the open source, end-to-end distributed tracing Jaeger , now a CNCF project:

Distributed tracing is quickly becoming a must-have component in the tools that organizations use to monitor their complex, microservice-based architectures. At Uber, our open source distributed tracing system Jaeger saw large-scale internal adoption throughout 2016, integrated into hundreds of microservices and now recording thousands of traces every second.

Here is the story of how we got here, from investigating off-the-shelf solutions like Zipkin, to why we switched from pull to push architecture, and how distributed tracing will continue to evolve:

https://eng.uber.com/distributed-tracing/

(GitHub Pages : https://www.jaegertracing.io/, GitHub: https://github.com/jaegertracing/jaeger)

Bindings/Operator: Python Java Node.js Go C++ Kubernetes JavaScript OpenShift C# Apache Spark

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Martin Lonkwitz
Martin Lonkwitz
Software engineering at SVA | 3 upvotes 13.9K views
Java
Java
C++
C++

Maybe not in everybody focus but I do like programming for @z/OS, @z/Linux and @z/VM with C++ , Java and Assembler . Who else love to dig into control blocks and get a deep dive into system resources to run things in a high valuable way ? And also go all the way up to the application to enlight all the infrastructure features to it ?

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Rust
Rust
C++
C++

Initially, I wrote my text adventure game in C++, but I later rewrote my project in Rust. It was an incredibly easier process to use Rust to create a faster, more robust, and bug-free project.

One difficulty with the C++ language is the lack of safety, helpful error messages, and useful abstractions when compared to languages like Rust. Rust would display a helpful error message at compile time, while C++ would often display "Segmentation fault (core dumped)" or wall of STL errors in the middle. While I would frequently push buggy code to my C++ repository, Rust enabled me to only even submit fully functional code.

Along with the actual language, Rust also included useful tools such as rustup and cargo to aid in building projects, IDE tooling, managing dependencies, and cross-compiling. This was a refreshing alternative to the difficult CMake and tools of the same nature.

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Markdown
Markdown
Docker
Docker
JSON
JSON
TypeScript
TypeScript
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Angular 2
Angular 2
#Sass
#HTML
#Java
#Typescript

More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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Dan Larsen
Dan Larsen
CTO at FlowStack | 7 upvotes 24.2K views
atFlowStack ApSFlowStack ApS
C++
C++
C
C
Rust
Rust
Go
Go

At FlowStack we write most of our backend in Go. Go is a well thought out language, with all the right compromises for speedy development of speedy and robust software. It's tooling is part of what makes Go such a great language. Testing and benchmarking is built into the language, in a way that makes it easy to ensure correctness and high performance. In most cases you can get more performance out of Rust and C or C++, but getting everything right is more cumbersome.

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StackShare uses MarkdownMarkdown

We鈥檙e using Markdown parsers for Reviews, Blog Posts, and Stack Description (the text you鈥檙e reading right now). We鈥檙e using Bootstrap Markdown for content input (except for reviews) and RedCarpet for rendering in certain places.

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Wing Tang Wong uses MarkdownMarkdown

Markdown represents a highly portable and lightweight text formatting. I had converted all of my Wordpress posts to Markdown prior to migrating over to Jekyll and eventually to Hugo. The fact that many generators support Markdown means that my content remains portable regardless of the platform/engine I use.

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Marc3842h uses C++C++

C++ is used in Shiro (https://github.com/Marc3842h/shiro).

C++ is a high performance, low level programming language. Game servers need to run with fast performance to be able to reliably serve players across the globe.

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Volkan 脰z莽elik uses MarkdownMarkdown

What you see is not what you get, never it is.

Documentation is better in Markdown format. You don鈥檛 need anything special to read it.

It is compact, portable, comparable.

Markdown is my text file format of choice.

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OnlineCity uses C++C++

The most latency sensitive parts are written in C++. Due to our interconnected services architecture, we use either Python or C++ for each service, with the performance critical parts being C++14.

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Jeff Flynn uses MarkdownMarkdown

Because it is almost an effortless markup language without ever having to write an HTML tag. Of course, you'll want to use it in environments that make it look pretty (GitHub, etc.)

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Roger Salomonsson uses MarkdownMarkdown

Using StackEdit to edit markdown files for blog roll and about sections. MD files are stored in Google Drive and pushed to GH pages through StackEdit.

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POROWNEO.PL uses C++C++

Used to write PHP extensions - AZTEC Decoder - License Driver scan - Axis2/C to PHP wrapper and Job-scheduler - Barbershop

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Luca Fulchir uses C++C++

Performance, zero-overhead abstractions and memory safety of the modern C++ language make this the perfect language for the project.

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ApertusVR uses C++C++

The main programming language of ApertusVR. C++11 & CMake provides multi-platform targeting. The architecture is modular.

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