Using different toolsets for vc build

Hi,   I am Olga Arkhipova and I am a VC IDE developer. I joined VC team about two years ago and inherited vc project and build system.  I’ve been using VC since VC2, so for me it is quite interesting to see and work on the code I’ve been using (or sometimes not using,… Read more

Just What Is This TR1 Thing?

Hi there. Rob Huyett here again. I’m an SDET on the VC Libraries team. One of the things I’ve been working on lately is the new TR1 add-on for Visual Studio 2008. When VS 2008 TR1 support was announced about a month ago, I’m sure that the reaction varied from “Woo-hoo! I can’t wait!” to… Read more

IntelliSense History, Part 1

Hello, this is Jim Springfield again.  I want to start explaining our plan to fundamentally change how IntelliSense and other code browsing features work for C/C++.  The recent GDR for VS2005 and the changes that went into VS2008 were significant, but they don’t really change how these features are implemented.  This post covers the history… Read more

How a program accesses functions

Hi, I’m Alan Chan and I am a developer on the Visual C++ libraries team.  We all know that a library is a collection of functions.  However, how does a program actually “access” these functions under the covers?  Essentially, there are 3 different ways that a function can be made available for the program to… Read more

Workflow of the IDE QA team

Hello everyone, I am Anca Miclea. I work as a SDET (QA) in the VC IDE team. This is my first post on VC blog and I would like to share with you how we test the IDE for VC++.   Yes, we do test the IDE and this is not an easy job ;) For… Read more

Channel 9: Kate Gregory, Ale Contenti and Steve Teixeira – VC++ 2008 and Beyond

Hello Recently Kate Gregory (VC++ MVP), Ale Contenti (Dev Lead VC++) and Steve Teixeira (GPM VC++) attended TechEd Europe and presented sessions on VC++ (what else?) During a break in proceedings Charles Torre (Channel 9) caught up with all three in a speaker’s lounge and asked how the VC++ community was reacting to VC++ 2008,… Read more

Q&A about the VC++ Intellisense QFE

HelloLast week, Jim announced the availability of the Intellisense fixes as a publicly downloadable QFE for Visual C++ 2005 SP1. Since then we have seen a number of customers install the QFE and we have especially enjoyed hearing about your successful experiences with the QFE. Jim has also recently blogged about macros to control the… Read more

Controlling IntelliSense Through Macros

Hi, my name is Jim Springfield, and I’m an architect on the Visual C++ team.  When I recently blogged ( about improvements to Intellisense and overall UI responsiveness, I mentioned that there was a new mechanism that allows a developer to control some of the Intellisense options.  This will work on the released version of… Read more

Performance Improvements in Visual C++

Hi, my name is Jim Springfield, and I’m an architect on the Visual C++ team.  I recently spent two months working on some core improvements to how VC deals with Intellisense as well as overall UI responsiveness. We observed a strong correlation between the severity of these performance issues and the size of the projects… Read more

Quick Tour Of New MFC Functionality

Hi I’m Pat Brenner, a developer on the Visual C++ libraries team.  I’m pleased to give you a sneak peek at a major MFC update we’ve been working on.  Since we’re adding a number of cool new user interface components to MFC, this blog post is going to be graphics heavy.  I’d much rather show… Read more