Worried that C++ was too dangerous for the web in the early 1990s, the software industry ripped out scary features, made it run from a managed server, and renamed it Java.
Almost a decade ago, I searched everywhere for books on how to write C++ web programs and could not find a thing. Due to my obstinate nature, I moved forward anyway and created my own custom C++ modules to communicate with web servers and dynamically generate HTML. Today, my browser-based automated BI translation tools all utilize a simple C++ web architecture. They are super fast and function effectively.
Using plain old C/C++ for web applications is a great idea but few seem to leverage it. I am happy to see that big-name companies like Facebook are on board with it.
See the Facebook story here.