What’s ATL? The Active Template Library (ATL) is a set of template-based C++ classes that let you create small, fast Component Object Model (COM) objects. It has special support for key COM features, including stock implementations, dual interfaces, standard COM enumerator interfaces, connection points, tear-off interfaces, and ActiveX controls.
What’s MFC? The Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC) is a set of classes in that constitute an application framework, which is the framework of an application written for the Windows API.