State of the Site

I took over as content strategist for the Visual C++ Developer Center just before the PDC last year and with the help of Visual C++ team members like Ami Vora and Product Manager Nick Hodapp, we've been able to steadily build the regular audience for the site so that we've now doubled the number of montly page views since the PDC. I heard from a few customers at TechEd that they were continuing to use C++ in their organizations because it had become obvious to them that Microsoft was indeed committed to supporting C++ as a key language in the future.

With that, I think that the first part of our job (continuing to drive interest in C++) is coming along really well. Now what I want to do is take our efforts to the next level and I need some help from the regular visitors to the site. I'm planning content for the July through December timeframe and what I would like to know is what you want to see on the site. What topics do you want covered in articles about C++? What potential new features of the site would be useful to you? How can I help you make the most of Visual C++?

You can leave comments on this post, or feel free to drop me a note anytime at As always, thanks for your feedback and support.

Comments (3)
  1. sean says:

    I’d like to see some features on .Net remoting for CORBA developers. The idea of writing evertying distributed as a webservice not only terrifies me; it’s impractical too. For instance, you cannot effectively use webservices to raise events for consumption by the client (think the Observer pattern). For this reason, I’ve stuck to using ACE’s TAO. How would writing such services using .Net remoting compare?

  2. Todd Brooks says:

    I would like to hear about the future of ATL Server. Is it a dead-end product technology that MS won’t update or support anymore, or is it something where active development will still be worked on? Is there some method of integrating it with C++/CLI?

    I have an entire product built using ATL Server and am curious to whether or not I should start moving at least the presentation tier to .NET, leaving the business and data tiers in unmanaged C++/COM+. I have a lot invested in ATL Server and would like to hear about future plans for that technology or if there are any plans on updating it or is it "done".

  3. Gilles Racine says:

    How MFC will fit in the grand scheme of managed code? Well, that’s an obvious question that must still be addressed and clarified. For sure, I would undertake a .NET project in managed C++ or C# for desktop applications.

    But for now, we’re still stuck with a very soft attitude of Microsoft for pushing the framework on a mass-level basis. Longhorn is a distant target in the future…

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