C++ Tutorial: Hello World

Welcome to the C++ Tutorial. In this first C++ tutorial, you will learn how to write (and run!) your first C++ program, “Hello, World!”. Along the way you will learn a little C++ history, see how to configure a C++ console application in Visual Studio 2017, walk through code structure, and see how code is… Read more

Bring your C++ code to Visual Studio

C++ has been around for a long time and throughout its history many tools have been built to make life easier for C++ developers. This has led to a diverse C++ ecosystem in terms of the editing tools, build systems, coding conventions, and C++ libraries that we use in our day-to-day work. As a C++… Read more

Migrate your existing Windows C++ projects to MSBuild

If your project targets one of the Windows platforms only (Desktop or UWP), you should consider using MSBuild as your C++ build system. If you consider expanding beyond these platforms though, consider using CMake to specify your build. To learn more, read about the CMake support in Visual Studio. Using MSBuild has the benefit that… Read more

Bring your existing Android Eclipse projects to Visual Studio

You can use Visual Studio to develop your C++ projects targeting Android. To learn more about this support read the Visual C++ for Cross-Platform Mobile development section on MSDN. If you’re currently using Eclipse and considering moving to Visual Studio, you can do that via our Eclipse Android Project Import Wizard. You can read about… Read more

Bring your existing C++ Linux projects to Visual Studio

Visual Studio supports targeting Linux out of the box – you can edit, remote build and remote debug to a Linux machine (whether that’s a remote machine, a VM running locally or in the cloud, or WSL in Windows 10). This article covers the high-level steps to bring your existing Linux projects to Visual Studio…. Read more

Bring your existing Qt projects to Visual Studio

Qt framework is an ever growing cross-platform C++ framework, ideal for building desktop, mobile, and even embedded solutions. While you can use CMake to target Qt (if you do, you should read more about the Visual Studio support for CMake), Qt also provides its own Qt-optimized build system called qmake. If your project is using… Read more

CMake support in Visual Studio

⏱ Updated on April 17, 2017 with the latest functionality in Visual Studio 2017 15.2 update Visual Studio 2017 introduces built-in support for handling CMake projects. This makes it a lot simpler to develop C++ projects built with CMake without the need to generate VS projects and solutions from the command line. This post gives… Read more

Bring your C++ codebase to Visual Studio with “Open Folder”

⏱ Updated on March 06, 2017 with the latest functionality in Visual Studio 2017 RTW Welcome to Visual Studio 2017! Starting with this release, Visual Studio supports opening folders containing source code without the need to create any solutions or projects. This makes it a lot simpler to get started with Visual Studio, even if your project is… Read more