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  • Visual C++ Team Blog

    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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    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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    The Future of Non-Static Data Member Initialization

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    In Visual Studio 2013 we shipped an implementation of non-static data member initialization (hereby referred to as “NSDMI”), which is a feature that allows code such as the following: class C { int n = 42; }; Here, n is a non-static...
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    Native Memory Diagnostic Tools for Visual Studio “14” CTP

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    In Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013, memory diagnostic tools were added for Windows Store and Windows Phone that enable developers to monitor live memory consumption and take heap snapshots of their applications for further analysis. The Visual Studio...
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    Dialog Editor Improvements in Visual Studio 2010

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    Hello, my name is Daofa Li, and I am on the Visual C++ QA team. In this post I will be sharing with you the improvements in Dialog Editor for Visual Studio 2010. In Visual Studio 2010, we have improved Dialog Editor in the following features: ·...
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    Improving C++ Intellisense Performance with PCH

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    Thank you to everyone who has submitted feedback on the Visual Studio Release Candidate. We have received feedback that C++ Intellisense performance is slower. One way to improve this is to enable Pre-Compiled Headers usage for Intellisense parser. Andy...
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    Issues with F1-Help in C++ Projects

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    Hi! My name is Ulzii Luvsanbat and I’m a Senior Test Lead with the Visual C++ team. Diego told me about some feedback received in a recent post regarding the accuracy and usefulness of the F1-Help command when working on C++ projects. First of...
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    VC++ IDE / Design Time Stress Testing

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    Hi, my name is Jianhua Li, and I am a VC++ IDE QA. Today I am going to talk about VC++ IDE / Design Time stress testing. What is stress testing? Design Time Stress (DTS) is part of a broader set of reliability quality criteria focused on measuring...
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    The Mallocator

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    A common question from programmers who have an intermediate amount of experience with using the STL is, "How do I write an STL allocator?". Writing an STL allocator is not especially difficult - only two member functions are interesting, allocate() and...
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    VS 2013 Update 4 CTP 1 is Live!

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    Hello C++ World! My name is Gabriel Ha; I'm a program manager on the Visual C++ team, and from everyone who worked to bring the following improvements to you, we are super excited to share the good news and look forward to hearing back on your experience...
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    Dev10 Is Just The Beginning

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    Hello, I’m Mark Hall, an architect in the Visual C++ group. I wanted to follow up on Jim Springfield’s previous blogs about the history of C++ intellisense, and some of the changes we’re making in upcoming Visual Studio 10 release. It’s been almost a...
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    Linker throughput

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    Hello, my name is Chandler Shen, a developer from the Visual C++ Shanghai team. We have made some changes in the upcoming Visual C++ 2010 release to improve the performance of linker. I would like to first give a brief overview of the linker and how...
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    Connecting C++ and XAML

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    Hi, I’m Andy Rich, a tester on the C++ frontend compiler and one of the primary testers of the C++/CX language extensions. If you’re like me, making use of a technology without understanding how it works can be confusing and frustrating. This...
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