Conformance Testing and Breaking Changes

Hi, I’m Andy Rich, and I’m a Software Development Engineer in Test on the Visual C++ Compiler Front End.  My testing focus during the Orcas product cycle thus far has been compiler conformance. Implementing a conformance feature usually breaks down into two categories: positive and negative conformance.  Implementing a positive conformance feature typically means we… Read more

CRT Initialization

Hi, I’m George Mileka and I work on the Visual C++ libraries team. My team owns the CRT, ATL, MFC and STL… One subject I have always been interested in is the startup code and initialization. The subject got even more challenging as we started supporting mixing native and managed code in our binaries. Today… Read more

Visual C++ Orcas Forums

You can now discuss Viscual C++ Orcas releated issues on the Orcas MSDN Forums. The Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” September 2006 CTP is now available so download this release to see what features are beginning to come online.  The Visual C++ team will be monitoring this forum and we’re looking forward to your questions and… Read more

What goes into a Service Pack?

With the VS 2003 Service Pack 1 released and the VS 2005 Service Pack 1 release imminent, it’s a good time to talk about what Visual C++ Service Packs contain and the rationale behind this.   The primary purpose of a Service Pack is to improve the stability of the product over what was initially shipped…. Read more

Servicing: The History of Visual Studio… Today!

Hello everyone, my name is Jamie Eckman.  I am a Software Design Engineer in Test (or SDET, for short) on the Visual C++ Libraries team, and have been for the last two and a half years.  Usually I’m in charge of testing ATL Server and our new STL/CLR library, but recently I’ve been working on… Read more