“So, for me, the main satisfaction comes from interesting and challenging applications that just might not have been done without C++, or possibly been delayed for many years for lack of a language suitable for demanding real-world applications.
The Mars rovers, the human genome project’s DNA string matching, Google, Amazon, airline reservation systems (Amadeus), code analysis (Coverity), animation (Maya), cars, airplanes, Photoshop, telecommunication systems. Videogames like Doom, Warcraft, Age of Empires, Halo. Wind turbines, oil exploration. Most of Microsoft’s software and much of Apple’s. Java virtual machines. Thunderbird and Firefox, MySQL, lots of financial software, OpenOffice, etc.”
Bjarne Stroustrup in wired.