Changes to Project Templates and Code Wizards in 15.3

Visual Studio 2017 Update 15.3 is a major release with many different improvements coming to the product. You can learn more about these changes in the 15.3 Release Notes. One aspect I want to highlight in this blog post pertains to changes made to the C++ templates in File > New Project and code wizards…. Read more

How to use the C++ Core Guidelines Checker outside of Visual Studio

This post written by Sergiy Oryekhov and Andrew Pardoe The latest C++ Core Guidelines Checker is deployed as a part of the Native Code Analysis tools in Visual Studio 2017 15.3. These tools are designed for use in Visual Studio, which provides a rule set editor for filtering warnings. But what if you want to… Read more

CMake Support in Visual Studio: Customizing your Environment

In Visual Studio 15.3, there are new ways for you to apply advanced configuration to your CMake environments. Please download the latest and try out the latest CMake features.  If you are just getting started with CMake, follow the link to learn more about CMake support in Visual Studio.  We are looking forward to your feedback. What’s new… Read more

Managing warnings in the C++ Core Guidelines Checker

This post written by Sergiy Oryekhov and Andrew Pardoe With several new rules added to the Core Guidelines Checker in Visual Studio 2017 15.3, the amount of warnings produced for pre-existing code may greatly increase. The C++ Core Guidelines include a lot of recommendations that cover all kinds of situations in C+ code. We know… Read more

C++17 Features And STL Fixes In VS 2017 15.3

Visual Studio 2017’s first toolset update, version 15.3, is currently in preview and will be released in its final form very soon. (The toolset consists of the compiler, linker, and libraries. After VS 2017 RTM, the 15.1 and 15.2 updates improved the IDE. The 15.3 update improves both the IDE and the toolset. In general,… Read more

C++ Core Guidelines Checker in Visual Studio 2017

This post written by Sergiy Oryekhov and Andrew Pardoe The C++ Core Guidelines can help improve your code and decrease your cost of maintenance by offering a wide range of recommendations: encouraging use of the standard library, avoiding use of unsafe practices whenever possible, maintaining a consistent style, and helping you to enforce reasonable design… Read more

C++ Unit Testing Updates: Announcing Boost.Test Adapter and Improved Google Test Support

Back in May, the C++ team announced the Test Adapter for Google Test – a Visual Studio extension that allows you to run and manage your Google Test-based unit tests directly in Visual Studio. You can do this using the Test Explorer window, and, if you’re a Visual Studio Enterprise user, you can run a… Read more

Trip report: Evolution Working Group at the Summer ISO C++ standards meeting (Toronto)

The Summer 2017 ISO C++ standards meeting was held in July 10-15 at the University of Toronto. Many thanks to Google, Codeplay, and IBM for sponsoring the event, as well to folks from Mozilla, Collège Lionel-Groulx, Christie Digital Systems, and Apple for helping to organize. And, of course, we very much appreciate Waterfront International for… Read more

Diagnostic Improvements in Visual Studio 2017 15.3.0

This post as well as described diagnostics significantly benefited from the feedback by Mark, Xiang, Stephan, Marian, Gabriel, Ulzii, Steve and Andrew. Visual Studio 2017 15.3.0 release comes with a number of improvements to the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler’s diagnostics. Most of these improvements are in response to the diagnostics improvements survey we shared with… Read more

Using MinGW and Cygwin with Visual C++ and Open Folder

Building cross-platform C and C++ code is easier than ever with Visual Studio 15.3 Preview 4.  The latest preview improves support for alternative compilers and build environments such as MinGW and Cygwin.  MinGW (Minimalist GNU for Windows), in case you are not familiar with it, is a compiler in the GCC family designed to run… Read more