Debug JNI Android Applications using Visual C++ Cross-Platform Mobile

With Visual Studio 2015 preview (download here) we have introduced the ability for developers to create cross-platform mobile applications with Visual C++. For the Android platform specifically this enablement includes ability for developers to create native-activity applications, dynamic and static native binaries along with a range of features to provide a fast, lean and mean… Read more

Visual Studio 2015 Preview: Work-in-Progress Security Feature

Background The Preview for Visual Studio 2015 was announced on November 12, 2014.  It includes a new, work-in-progress feature, called Control Flow Guard.  By simply adding a new option to your Project, the Visual C++ compiler will inject extra security checks into your binaries.  These will detect attempts to hijack your code.  The check will… Read more

Developing Native-Activity (Android) applications

Overview Visual Studio 2015 preview (download here) introduces the ability for developers to create Android Native Activity application as a part of the cross-platform mobile development. Android platform with Android Native Activity (API Level 9) introduced the capability to create pure C/C++ applications. While there is some hidden Java JNI code in the background the… Read more

GoingNative 32: C++17 Sneak Preview

From Sneak Preview of C++17 Channel9: Join us with ISO Committee member (and Microsoft as well, of course =P) Gabriel Dos Reis, who graciously took the time to give us the inside scoop of some things that made it into C++17, as well as things that got taken out. All this is fresh off the press of the… Read more

iOS / Linux Cross-Platform C++ Survey

We want you to take another survey. Many of you continue to participate in our surveys and opt-in for one-on-one conversations about your development habits. Your feedback helps us better understand the peculiarities of cross-platform development and the challenges of specific platforms when it comes to C++. Again we return to you for help understanding… Read more

Native Memory Diagnostics in VS2015 Preview

In Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and also in the earlier CTP releases of Visual Studio 2015, we released a memory diagnostic tool that allowed developers to take heap snapshots of their application and then examine the heap contents upon terminating their application.  The initial release supported viewing managed and native objects in the heap,… Read more

Visual C++ Compiler on Rise4Fun

As you know, through CTPs and Preview releases, we have been trying to make the Visual C++ compiler bits available more frequently.  In the same line, we have now decided to provide a view into the live development branch for the Visual C++ compiler through the website This site allows you to compile simple… Read more

C++11/14/17 Features In VS 2015 Preview

Visual Studio 2015 Preview is now available, so here’s an updated feature table for the Core Language:   C++11 Core Language Features VS 2013 VS 2015 Preview Notes Rvalue references Partial Yes   ref-qualifiers No Yes   Non-static data member initializers Partial Partial [1] Variadic templates Yes Yes   Initializer lists Partial Partial [1] static_assert… Read more

All about C++ Refactoring in Visual Studio 2015 Preview

Hello C++ World! Update (1/6/2015): Check out all these features in action — as well as how they’ve been improved since Preview — in this video! With Wednesday’s release of Visual Studio 2015 Preview, we are pleased to present you with new and improved coding productivity features, not the least of which is (finally) Refactoring for… Read more

Visual Studio 2015 Preview is Now Available

Today with the Visual Studio 2015 Preview, one of the big things we’ve done is improved the C++ experience, adding support for targeting Android, boosting runtime and build-time performance, improving standards compliance, and improving the editor experience. The Preview is available here for download and as a VM that you can run in Azure (if… Read more