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  • Blog Post: Visual C++ Libraries Survey

    The Visual C++ team wants to better understand how you use libraries in your day-to-day development work. Whether you’re publishing libraries, finding libraries that work on the Microsoft platforms for which you’re building your apps, or integrating libraries into your project and build systems...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing C++ Code : Dead Code Elimination

    If you have arrived in the middle of this blog series, you might want instead to begin at the beginning . This post examines the optimization called Dead-Code-Elimination, which I’ll abbreviate to DCE. It does what it says: discards any calculations whose results are not actually used by the...
  • Blog Post: C99 library support in Visual Studio 2013

    Hello, I’m Pat Brenner, a developer on the Visual C++ Libraries team. In this blog post I want to share some information about the C99 support added to the C run-time library in Visual Studio 2013. To summarize, we added declarations and implementations for missing functions in the following...
  • Blog Post: MFC support for MBCS deprecated in Visual Studio 2013

    Hello, I’m Pat Brenner, a developer on the Visual C++ Libraries team. In this blog post I want to share some information about the Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library , and in particular the support of the multi-byte character set (MBCS) in MFC. MFC has many features that support building...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing C++ Code : Overview

    If you have arrived in the middle of this blog series, you might want instead to begin at the beginning . This post explains the flow of data within the Visual C++ compiler – starting with our C++ source program, and ending with a corresponding binary program. This post is an easy one –...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing C++ Code

    Introduction Hi, my name is Jim Hogg and I am a Program Manager, working in the Visual C++ compiler team in Microsoft, based on the main campus here in Redmond. More specifically, I work in the part of the compiler that optimizes your code, to make it run faster, or to make it smaller, or a mixture...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post - The Expression Evaluator

    Hi. My name is Ofek Shilon and I blog mostly about various VC++ tricks I come by. Today I’d like to explicitly introduce a debugging feature we all use daily but seldom refer to it by name – the native expression evaluator (abbreviated EE below). The Basics Every time you use the Watch...
  • Blog Post: November CTP, isocpp.org, Standard C++ Foundations Announced Today

    November 2, 12:45pm PDT C++ use and investment continues to grow strongly in all parts of the software industry, and broadly across all major industries. As Herb Sutter said, more than ever “Microsoft is built on C++, and the world runs on C++.” At the same time, programmers now need to...
  • Blog Post: Targeting Windows XP with C++ in Visual Studio 2012

    We recently announced the Visual Studio 2012 product lineup and platform support , and as a part of this announcement we mentioned that we were evaluating options for enabling C++ developers to build applications in Visual Studio 2012 that run on Windows XP without requiring side-by-side installation...
  • Blog Post: First Look at the New C++ IDE Productivity Features in Visual Studio 11 (Cont’d…)

    Hi! I am Amit Mohindra, a Program Manager on the Visual C++ team . Earlier in the month my colleague Sumit Kumar had talked about some of the exciting IDE features in the next version of Visual Studio . Today I will just add to that list a few more features that we have done in the next version of the...
  • Blog Post: Developing Windows Applications in C++ (Articles Series)

    We got just published “ Developing Windows Applications in C++ ”, an article series created by C++ Most Valuable Professional Kate Gregory . This material is aimed at C++ developers who want to learn how to write Windows applications. It won’t teach you C++, or how to use Windows as...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 General Availability

    If you guys follow Jason Zander’s (Visual Studio corporate Vice President) blog, you learned two days ago that the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 whose Beta had been released last December achieved final release stage. Today is generally available (last Tuesday was only for MSDN subscribers...
  • Blog Post: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for C++ in Visual Studio 2010

    Hi! I’m Ale Contenti and I’d like to show you here a session on Application Lifecycle Management ( ALM ) for C++ in Visual Studio 2010 I presented last November at TechEd Europe , in Berlin. People often wonder how we expect C++ developers to take advantage of the many ALM scenarios enabled...
  • Blog Post: Grr... My VC++ Project Is Building Slower in VS2010. What Do I Do Now? (A Step by Step Guide)

    Hi, my name is Renin John and I work as a Software Development Engineer in Test with the VC++ Project and Build Team. I was involved in testing the Build performance of the VS 2010 IDE and I wanted to give you all an idea about what to expect, and some basic steps you could take if you end up in a situation...
  • Blog Post: Staying Current with Visual C++ 2010

    A few weeks ago, the 2010 Edition of TechEd Europe took place in Berlin, Germany. C++ MVP Kate Gregory (picture) delivered a session where she shows through demos the latest achievements in the C++arena, especially regarding the upcoming C++0x version of language (scheduled by 2011), its libraries, concurrency...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 SP1 Beta: What’s in It for C++ Developers

    As announced two days ago by S. Somasegar and Jason Zander , the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download ! Service Pack 1 Beta comes with a “ go live ” license which means you can start using the product for production related work (see the license agreement with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Tells What's Next for C++

    By chance, are you among those who think that Microsoft is leaving native development in general and the C++ programming language in particular behind? You better watch this interview to Ale Contenti, Principal Development Manager with the Windows C++ team at Microsoft. [Can't see the video...
  • Blog Post: How we test the compiler performance

    The C++ back-end team is very conscious of the performance of our product. Today I will present to you an overview of how we define “performance of our product” and the way we measure it. Along the way I hope to introduce you to some new ideas that you can use to test your product’s...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Hilo

    What is Hilo? Project “ Hilo ” is an effort to tell the story of building high performing, responsive rich Windows applications using C++. We will do this by walking you through our own experience of building some sample applications which we believe provide differentiated user experiences. We will tell...
  • Blog Post: Visual C++ is coming to a city near you!

    With the Visual Studio 2010 launch around the corner, members of the Visual C++ team will be traveling around the world to meet with you and showcase the many new features Visual Studio 2010 has to offer for C++ developers. If we are coming to a stop near you, feel free to drop us an email and...
  • Blog Post: C++ Build Parallelization Post On Visual Studio blog

    Visual Studio 2010 has some enhancements that provide an easy way to get faster builds on a multiprocessor computer through parallelism. Dan Moseley a Lead Developer on MSBuild has written a blog on the C++ Build Parallelism in Visual Studio 2010 . Thank you, Marian Luparu and Kelly Evans...
  • Blog Post: VC++ Developer Survey

    As we wrap up Visual Studio 2010, we are starting to plan the next release of Visual C++. Our goal is to make Visual C++ a product that meets your needs. Thus we need your help. We would like to better understand what you do. Please take a few minutes and answer the survey below. The survey is...
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