Step Back – Going Back in C++ Time

Step Back for C++ In the most recent, 15.9, update to Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise Edition, we’ve added “Step Back” for C++ developers targeting Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) and later. With this feature, you can now return to a previous state while debugging without having to restart the entire process. It’s installed as part… Read more

Parallel Custom Build Tools in Visual Studio 2017

This post was written by Olga Arkhipova. Many projects need to use additional tools during their build to generate sources for further compilation or perform other custom build tasks. VC projects have always supported Custom Build Tool integration, but it had some limitations. One of the popular requests on UserVoice is Allow custom build tools… Read more

MSVC Preprocessor Progress towards Conformance

Why re-write the preprocessor? Recently, we published a blog post on C++ conformance completion. As mentioned in the blog post, the preprocessor in MSVC is currently getting an overhaul. We are doing this to improve its language conformance, address some of the longstanding bugs that were difficult to fix due to its design and improve… Read more

Announcing Template IntelliSense

C++ developers using function templates and class templates can now take full advantage of IntelliSense within their template bodies. In Visual Studio 2017 15.8 Preview 3, when your caret is inside a template, a new UI element called a “Template Bar” appears next to the template definition. The Template Bar allows you to provide sample… Read more

Announcing a single C++ library manager for Linux, macOS and Windows: Vcpkg

At Microsoft, the core of our vision is “Any Developer, Any App, Any Platform” and we are committed to bringing you the most productive development tools and services to build your apps across all platforms. With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce today the availability of vcpkg on Linux and MacOS. This gives… Read more

Vcpkg: introducing installation options with Feature Packages

We are happy to announce a new feature for vcpkg in version 0.0.103: Feature Packages. Vcpkg is a package manager to help acquiring and building open source libraries on Windows; vcpkg currently offers over 600 C++ libraries available for VS2017 and VS2015. With Feature Packages you have more control over how you build a library… Read more

Vcpkg: Introducing the upgrade command

If you’re just getting started and want to learn more about vcpkg, check out our initial post. We recently added a new option to vcpkg (i.e. vcpkg contact –survey) to provide a direct way to share your feedback with the Vcpkg team. A big thank you to those of you that shared your thoughts and… Read more

Broken Warnings Theory

Перевод статьи на русском The “broken warnings theory” is a fictional theory of the norm-setting and signaling effect of coding practices and bug-checking techniques in 3rd party libraries on new bugs and design anti-patterns. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring warning levels to prevent small problems such as “signed/unsigned mismatch”, “no effect before comma”,… Read more

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1: New Experimental Feature – MPX

Introduction This post is about Intel® Memory Protection Extensions (Intel® MPX) support in Microsoft Visual Studio* 2015; content provided by Gautham Beeraka, George Kuan, and Juan Rodriguez from Intel Corporation.    Overview Update 1 for Visual Studio 2015 was announced on November 30, 2015. This update includes experimental compiler and debugger support for Intel MPX.  Intel MPX can check… Read more

Clang with Microsoft CodeGen in VS 2015 Update 1

[This post was written by Dave Bartolomeo and the Clang/C2 feature crew] One of the challenges with developing and maintaining cross-platform C++ code is dealing with different C++ compilers for different platforms. You write some code that builds fine with the Visual C++ compiler for your Windows-targeting build, but then your Android-targeting build breaks because… Read more