Recommendations to speed C++ builds in Visual Studio

In this blog, I will discuss features, techniques and tools you can use to reduce build time for C++ projects. The primary focus of this post is to improve developer build time for the Debug Configuration as a part of your Edit/Build/Debug cycle (inner development loop). These recommendations are a result of investigating build issues… Read more

Building your C++ application with Visual Studio Code

Over the last few months, we have heard a lot of requests with respect to adding capability to Visual Studio Code to allow developers to build their C/C++ application. The task extensibility in Visual Studio Code exists to automate tasks like building, packaging, testing and deploying. This post is going to demonstrate how using task… Read more

CppRestSDK 2.9.0 is available on GitHub

We are delighted to announce a new version of CppRestSDK (Casablanca) 2.9.0, this new version available on GitHub introduces new features and fixes issues reported on the 2.8.0 version. The C++ REST SDK is a Microsoft project for cloud-based client-server communication in native code using a modern asynchronous C++ API design. This project aims to… Read more

C++/WinRT Available on GitHub

C++/WinRT is now available on GitHub. This is the future of the Modern C++ project and the first public preview coming officially from Microsoft. C++/WinRT is a standard C++ language projection for the Windows Runtime implemented solely in header files. It allows you to both author and consume Windows Runtime APIs using any standards-compliant… Read more

C++ Core Check code analysis is included with VS “15”

Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 now includes the C++ Core Guidelines Checkers. This means you no longer have to install the C++ Core Check package from NuGet to check your code against rules and profiles in the C++ Core Guidelines. Just configure Code Analysis to include the C++ Core Check extensions. You can configure Code… Read more

C++14/17 Features and STL Fixes in VS “15” Preview 5

Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 is now available.  (As our previous changelog explained, VS “15” is an IDE version number, not a year.  It’s the next major version after VS 2015, which was IDE version 14.  VS has different numbers for its year branding, IDE version, and C++ compiler version.)   Preview 5 adds support… Read more

Compiler Tools Layout in Visual Studio “15”

This post was written by Andrew Pardoe, Mark Levine, and Iyyappa Murugandi. You’ll see many improvements for C++ developers in Visual Studio “15” as soon as you load your first project. But some of the changes in the product aren’t so obvious. One in particular might surprise you: we’ve moved where the MSVC compiler toolset… Read more

Faster C++ build cycle in VS “15” with /Debug:fastlink

Continuing with our goal of further improving developer productivity with Visual Studio “15” there have been major investments made for also improving incremental developer builds. The developer incremental build is one where a developer changes a single or multiple source files and builds. The time spent in these builds is almost equal to the time… Read more

Faster C++ solution load with VS “15”

The Visual C++ product has had projects ever since its inception.  Visual C++ had its own IDE up through Visual Studio 6.  Starting in Visual Studio .NET, C++ moved to a new IDE shared by Visual Basic, C#, C++, and other tools.  This new IDE used COM everywhere and items in the Solution Explorer were… Read more

Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 Now Available

Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 is now available. Read the official announcement on the Visual Studio blog. Highlights for C++ developers include: Faster project load, coding, and debugging for C++. The C++ Core Checkers for enforcing the C++ Core Guidelines are now distributed with Visual Studio. Enhanced support for C++11 and C++14 features, as well as… Read more