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C++ tutorials: 3 – Introduction to iostream, Hello World!

Here we go with episode 3, this time we’ll start coding something, in particular we’ll analyse most common iostream commands and how to use them. Let’s see!
Open your IDE (how we saw previously, I’m going to use CodeLite), and create a new project.

3proj       3newproj
Let’s start

1. #include

2. using namespace std;

3. int main(){


This is the main structure of a c++ program.

  1. #include is a preprocessor that tells to include some libraries, in our case iostream that we’ll use later on.
  2. using namespace std tells to use implicitely the standard library all over the program, avoiding to use std:: before every operation.
  3. int main is the function called at first when your program runs.

Why have I just included the iostream library?

It is one of the most important libraries, it is needed to do basic stream operation just like get input or output text onto the screen.

Let’s build our HelloWorld program!

  1. #include
  2. using namespace std;
  3. int main() {
  4. cout << “Hello World!” << endl;
  5. }

Let’s analyse the 4th line.


  • Meaning: prints some text on your screen.
  • Syntax: cout << "text";

More information

  • You can concatenate more words using << operator, for example: cout << "Hello " << "World !";
  • You can add a break line at the end, in two ways: cout << "Hello " << "World !" << endl; or using special character “\n”: cout << "Hello " << "World ! \n";
  • You can print both text or numbers.


Stay tuned for the second part!




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