In the Community: Meet Kenny Kerr

Hello. Welcome to the first “in the community” posts spotlighting members of the C++ and/or developer community. Today we meet Kenny Kerr and a Microsoft MVP who graciously agreed to “go first” :) Kenny is a computer programmer with a bias toward Windows and C++. He enjoys writing and teaching developers how to get the… Read more

Registration for C++Now 2013 Opens Today!

Registration for the seventh annual C++Now Conference (formerly BoostCon) opens today, and if you’re looking for a great C++ conference to attend this year, you should definitely consider C++Now.  I attended last year’s conference and it was terrific:  in addition to a splendid program of sessions about a wide variety of subjects related to C++, it… Read more

Friday Miscellany #3

Active in the C++ community? Answering questions, creating demos, sharing code snippets, or hosting a local user group meeting? If you have something to share, send it to me ( for potential inclusion in a future miscellany! And now on with the show: John Bandela provides another alternative to lamda move capture. It begs (then… Read more

Casablanca : Give us your feedback!

Casablanca: a native library to access the cloud from C++  Take a quick 10 minute break and give us your feedback on Casablanca. The Casablanca team would love to hear what you have to say! We want to know how you are using the libraries and what you like or don’t like about Casablanca. This… Read more

Friday Miscellany #2

We recently requested feedback on native debugging ( and your C++ build experience ( These surveys are still open, but I wanted to share some of the written feedback we have received: “Listen to the community, solve bugs from Connect. :p” “Performance Open C++ solution with 500 projects takes forever” “Over half of my users are… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Now Available!

Today, Soma announced the availability of the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1! You can install it either from the download page (see “Visual Studio 2012 Update 1” under the “Additional software” section). As promised, you can now use the Visual C++ compiler and libraries to target Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. To target Windows XP: In Solution… Read more

Using the Windows 8 SDK with Visual Studio 2010 – configuring multiple projects

A few months ago, we wrote about how to use the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8 within your Visual Studio 2010 projects.  These instructions work great if you are updating just one project, but if you need to use the Windows 8 SDK in many projects, repeating these steps for each project can be tedious…. Read more

Another Earful: Debugging Survey

The Visual C++ build experience survey ( has almost passed the 250 response mark on the way to 500 responses. Thank you to everyone who has already provided feedback. To those that have not yet had a chance to take the survey, please consider spending ~10 minutes sharing your thoughts with the team. Your help… Read more

Give Us an Earful: Visual C++ Build Survey

Need a quick 10 minute break from developing your latest Visual C++ masterpiece? Want to give us feedback about your project build experience? Yes? Then we have a link for you: There are a mix of questions including an invitation for further discussion if you opt in. We look forward to your feedback and… Read more

Friday Miscellany #1

Some links for your consideration. Don McCrady published Introducing Shevlin Park–A Proof of Concept C++ AMP Implementation on OpenCL over on the Parallel Programming in Native Code blog. Check out the links to videos, getting started material, and samples. The Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences… Read more