An Update to STL/CLR is Complete!

Hello everyone, I am excited to announce that the Visual C++ libraries team has completed another major update of STL/CLR and integrated it with Visual C++ Orcas. Depending on the schedule of internal integrations, you should expect to see this new version of STL/CLR in the February or March CTP for Visual Studio (codename Orcas)…. Read more

Visual Studio 2005 SP1 released

The Visual C++ team is excited to announce the release of Visual Studio 2005 SP1!!!  The Service pack launched on Friday December 15, 2006 and is available for download here: VS2005SP1   This SP addresses issues that were found through a combination of customers and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. There are over 400… Read more

Vista-style File Dialogs with MFC

Hey all,     I’m Peter-Michael Osera, a Program Manager on the Visual C++ Compiler Front End.  As the VC++ team winds down for the holidays, we’d like to share some of the new features that we’re excited about adding into Orcas.  As for my part, I’ve been helping out the libraries team with their… Read more

Bugs reported on the Connect website – pardon our faux pas

Hello   On the Visual C++ team we really value customer feedback and strive to make every interaction between ourselves and our customers as rewarding as possible. Recently we were reading a post on one of our Forums and were concerned to see a customer commenting about not receiving feedback on Visual C++ bugs they… Read more

Managed Extensions for C++ to C++/CLI conversion tool

As you may already know from previous communications, members of the Visual C++ team have (occasionally) worked on a tool to assist developers who wanted to port their source code from the “Managed Extensions for C++” syntax to the new “C++/CLI” syntax. As mentioned in the earlier post, the intended audience of the tool is… Read more

Converting to MSBuild

Hi,   My name is Andreea Isac and I’ve been a member of the Visual C++ Libraries team for one year and a half. Since almost all my team mates (Martyn Lovell, Ale Contenti, George Mileka, Alan Chan) have posted already, I won’t repeat what our team is responsible for!   I have been involved… Read more

Visual C++ at TechEd Europe 2006

Hi, I’m Steve Teixeira, the Group Program Manager for Visual C++.  Ayman Shoukry and I had the pleasure of spending the week in Barcelona to represent the Visual C++ product group at TechEd Europe, and I’d like to tell you a little about it. We had four sessions dedicated to Visual C++ in all: Marcus… Read more

Gauntlet: A peek into Visual C++ development practices

I’m Bruce Forstall, a developer on the Visual C++ IDE team. I currently work on the implementation of the CLR CodeDOM API for C++/CLI, which supports the WinForms designer as well as a number of other scenarios. Previously, I’ve worked on the Itanium code generator, the Java virtual machine team, and the Cairo OS project… Read more

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