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  • Visual C++ Team Blog

    Visual C++ Libraries Development Regression Tests

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    Hi, my name is Pat Brenner and I’m a software design engineer on the Visual C++ libraries team. I’d like to spend some time talking about our process for preventing regressions in our libraries code. After I joined the libraries team about a year...
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    Some C++ Gotchas

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    Hi - Jonathan Caves again. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve seen some reports from users that the C++ compiler does not act the way they think it should. As it turns these reports weren’t real bugs, but the issues brought up are interesting enough to...
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    Project Austin Part 1 of 6: Introduction

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    My name is Jorge Pereira and I am a developer at Microsoft. For the past few months I've been working on a Windows 8 app along with a small team of developers from the Visual C++ team, we call it Project Code Name Austin. Austin is a digital note-taking...
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    C99 library support in Visual Studio 2013

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    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...
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    Challenge – Vulnerable Code

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    This challenge appeared on an internal alias dedicated to C++. It was issued by Mike Vine, a developer here at Microsoft who agreed to let us share it with the mighty Visual C++ blog readers: This challenge came from me thinking about a simple bug...
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    Visual Studio Rename Refactor Helper for Visual Studio 2013

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    The C++ language is large and complex with context-sensitive syntax subtleties that make it difficult to create a reliable and fast rename refactoring tool. For years we wanted to include rename refactoring in Visual C++ but it never quite made it. We...
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    Compiler Switch Deprecation/Removal Changes in Visual Studio “14”

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    In the upcoming release of Visual Studio, we are making some changes to the Visual C++ compiler switches. Two areas are impacted by these changes, 1) projects built with certain variations of /clr and 2) projects using 32-bit compiler to detect 64 bit...
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    Optimizing C++ Code : Constant-Folding

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    If you have arrived in the middle of this blog series, you might want instead to begin at the beginning . This post examines Constant-Folding – one of the simplest optimizations performed by the VC++ compiler. In this optimization, the compiler...
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    Spy++ Internals

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    Hi, my name is Pat Brenner and I’m a software design engineer on the Visual C++ libraries team. I recently rejoined the Visual C++ team after almost 10 years in the Visual Studio environment team. I am also the owner of Spy++. While I did not originally...
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    Mixing deterministic and non-deterministic cleanup

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    Hi, my name is Alan Chan. I’m a software design engineer in Visual C++ libraries team. As the name suggests, my team owns some of the C/C++ libraries such as ATL, MFC, CRT, STL, and OpenMP. Today, I’m going to talk about one very interesting COM interop...
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    Making an Exception

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    An interesting debate about C++ exceptions took place a few weeks ago in the C++ MVPs discussion list. The trigger was something as innocent and specific as “ would you guys just throw std::runtime_exception with some error message string or you...
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    Testing VC++ Compiler and Intellisense

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    Hello, My name is Rashid Sarwar and I am on Visual C++ Compiler Front End team. I have been on this team for several months and have learned many things on how to test a complier. In this post I will be sharing with you how we test our Visual C++ compiler...
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    Resumable functions in C++

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    Last year, in a CTP release, we had provided a glimpse into resumable functions and await support in the Visual C++ compiler. In Visual Studio 2015 Preview we have gotten further along that journey and provided a more general purpose solution. This Preview...
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    Visual C++ Precompiled Header Errors on Windows 7

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    Several customers have encountered the following error while using the Visual C++ compiler on Windows 7: fatal error C1859: 'stdafx.pch' unexpected precompiled header error, simply rerunning the compiler might fix this problem This error manifests...
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    STL Performance

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    Hello, I am Mohammad Usman, a Software Design Engineer in Test on the Visual C++ Libraries team. I recently joined the team. In VS 2008 SP1, we invested heavily in our Standard Template Library (STL) implementation by adding TR1 extensions such as shared_ptr...
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    Go Ask printf() To Behave Predictably

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    This is one of those problems whose solution is very evident… or bitterly hard to guess depending on how much you were influenced by what you were told about it. I’ll paste here the case I must be getting blind, as I can’t...
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    /GL and PGO

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    Hi, I’m Lin Xu, a Program Manager working on the C++ compiler. Recently , we collated performance numbers from our testing passes over this release cycle. We track many different benchmarks closely for all of the architectures and switch options (...
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    C++ Native Multi-Targeting

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    Hello, my name is Li Shao. I am a Software Design Engineer in Test on the C++ team. For the past two years, I have been part of the team working on migrating the C++ build system from VCBuild to MSBuild as well as the new project system which is also...
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    Optimizing C++ Code

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    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...
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    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

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    As you may have seen, Soma announced today that Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop is now available for download . For C++ developers, the Express for Windows Desktop includes many of the new C++ investments we made in Visual Studio 2012,...
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    Developing Windows Applications in C++ (Articles Series)

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    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...
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    C9::GoingNative 2: the Windows Runtime Library (WRL)

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    We're back with the third installment of C9::GoingNative . At the recent //BUILD conference, we introduced a series of technologies targeting the upcoming version of the Windows platform. One of those consists in some extensions to the C++ language...
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    C++ Renaissance: First Symptoms of Contagion in Traditionally Non-Native Teams

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    You may already know Pete Brown but if you don’t, I’ll briefly introduce him here: he’s, like me, a Community Program Manager with Microsoft but while I’m focused on C/C++ languages and the Visual C++ tool, he’s devoted to client-side development technologies...
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    Troubleshooting Tips for IntelliSense Slowness

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    Hi, my name is Andy Rich and I’m a QA on the C++ front-end compiler. The IntelliSense system in Visual Studio 2010 comes with far greater power, flexibility, and accuracy, but these improvements come at the cost of greater complexity. The goal of...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 Now Available

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    Today we released Visual Studio "14" CTP 3 and an early build of the .NET Framework (read the announcement on the Visual Studio blog here ). Grab it from the Microsoft Download Center or from MSDN subscriber downloads or save some setup time and use a...
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