Moving Test Hooks Outside Your Product’s Source Code

 Hello, my name is Raul Perez, I’m part of the Visual C++ IDE team and I’m going to talk about test hooks. When writing automated testing for specific features in your applications you usually have to figure out how you’ll actually get the information you need without going through all the steps you would usually… Read more

VC9 SP1 Hotfix For The vector<function<FT>> Crash

Back in August, I blogged about the TR1 fixes in VC9 SP1.  An observant reader, grokbrsm, commented that vector<function<FT>> was broken by VC9 SP1.  A hotfix for this bug is now available:   Here is the updated link to download the hotfix:;wa=wsignin1.0 This hotfix actually fixes 5 bugs:   1. function<FT>::swap() was broken by the… Read more

MSBuild Task

Hello again! My name is Li Shao. I am a Software Design Engineer in Test in the Visual C++ group. As one of my colleagues, Marian Luparu, has blogged in detail about, and Soma has mentioned in his recent blog as well, one of the important features we have in VS2010 is to enable C++… Read more

VC++ are participating in a “Slow Chat” over at “Code Guru”

Hello Just a short note to let you know that members of VC++ are participating in a “Slow Chat” over at “Code Guru” this week. We always enjoy reading feedback and (hopefully) answering questions – and this gives us a different venue (and as they say “a change is as good as a holiday”.)… Read more

Inheriting From a Native C++ Class in C#

Hi, this is Jim Springfield, an architect on the Visual C++ team.  I have blogged in the past about our IDE and Intellisense work.  I am still heavily focused on that and we are working hard to deliver an improved experience, but this post is about a completely different topic.  A few months ago, I… Read more

CTaskDialog: an alternative to the simple message box!

Hello everybody, Let me introduce myself, my name is Lukasz Chodorski and I am a new SDE in the Visual C++ Libraries Team. In this post I would like to present to you the CTaskDialog class which wraps the Windows API* in the MFC library. What actually is the CTaskDialog? It is a class/component which… Read more

Soma Blog: VC++ Enhancements in VS 2010

Recently, Soma, Vice President for the Microsoft Developer Division, blogged about the enhancements of Visual C++ in VS 2010.  Please check out what he has to say and feel free to leave comments for him on our upcoming release.  You can find this blog at  Kelly Evans Visual C++ Development Team… Read more

printf(“Hello MSBuild!n”);

Hello everyone. I’m Marian Luparu and I am a Program Manager in the Visual C++ IDE team. Last week I was in Barcelona attending TechEd EMEA 2008 where I had two talks delving into the areas where the VC++ IDE team is making major investments in the upcoming release: ·         Building Visual C++ Applications –… Read more

Stupid Lambda Tricks

Hi.  I’m Arjun Bijanki, the test lead for the compiler front-end and Intellisense engine.  One afternoon a few months ago, I was sitting in my office in building 41 thinking about test passes, when an animated discussion between a couple of colleagues spilled into the hallway and grabbed my attention.  My recollection is that Boris… Read more