Visual Studio Code C/C++ extension May 2017 Update

Earlier this month, the C/C++ extension for Visual Studio Code hit another exciting milestone – it has been installed over 1.5 million times since it first shipped in March last year! Thanks to everyone who has sent us feedback to help us make it this far. We will continue to make improvements to the extension… Read more

Using C++ Coroutines with Boost C++ Libraries

This article was written by Gor Nishanov. Last month, Jim Springfield wrote a great article on using C++ Coroutines with Libuv (a multi-platform C library for asynchronous I/O). This month we will look at how to use coroutines with components of Boost C++ libraries, namely boost::future and boost::asio. Getting Boost If you already have boost installed,… Read more

Unit Testing and the Future: Announcing the Test Adapter for Google Test

The Visual C++ team is always looking for ways to improve the Visual Studio experience for C++ developers, regardless of their preferred development workflow. This time the focus is on unit testing. While Visual Studio has shipped with a native C++ test framework for a number of releases along with testing tools in the IDE,… Read more

Linux C++ improvements for cross-platform code sharing and type visualization

In Visual Studio 2017 we introduced the Linux development with C++ workload. This tutorial is going to walk through some of the improvements we have made in the 15.2 release using the classic spinning cube demo from Julien Guertault’s OpenGL tutorial. We have shown how to use this OpenGL demo in our Linux workload before…. Read more

C++17 Features In Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.3 Preview

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 preview is now available, containing an updated Visual C++ toolset (i.e. compiler, linker, and libraries). Like VS 2015’s Updates, we’re adding C++17 features in VS 2017’s Updates, at a similar release frequency. Unlike VS 2015’s Updates (which combined IDE and toolset changes), VS 2017’s IDE is being updated more frequently (with… Read more

CMake support in Visual Studio – what’s new in 2017 15.3 Preview

We are excited to announce the first preview release of Visual Studio 2017 15.3 update in conjunction with our Build 2017 conference!  This preview includes two new features of interest to developers utilizing CMake.  Support for the CMake Ninja generator and CMake CTest integration in the IDE. Please download the preview and try out the… Read more

C++ at Microsoft Build 2017

The C++ team is at Build this week. Here are some of the highlights for C++ developers (and since there is a live stream and videos, you do not have to miss everything): Watch the live stream direct from Build on Channel 9. Highlights include keynotes and other larger breakout sessions. B8105 7++ reasons to… Read more

Using C++ Modules in Visual Studio 2017

This post was written by Gabriel Dos Reis, Andrew Pardoe, and Billy O’Neal  What Is New? The Visual C++ Team is elated to announce that with Visual Studio 2017, it has substantially improved the quality of the C++ Modules TS implementation in Visual Studio, in addition to introducing ability to consume the C++ Standard Library… Read more

Why am I getting these _SCL_SECURE_NO_WARNINGS messages?

Recently, a C++ developer asked why they were getting diagnostic messages for this code: If you compile this file in debug mode, you’ll get a message like the following: xutility(2350,1): warning C4996: ‘std::copy::_Unchecked_iterators::_Deprecate’: Call to ‘std::copy’ with parameters that may be unsafe – this call relies on the caller to check that the passed values… Read more

Vcpkg: introducing export command

Vcpkg helps you acquire and build open source libraries on Windows. Since September 2016, the community added more than 200 libraries in the vcpkg catalog and has been contributing actively to the code itself. Vcpkg now supports Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017 and can target dynamic or static libraries and platforms like x64,… Read more