Update on the C++-0x Language Standard

Hello: the standards body that controls the C++ language (SC22/WG21) is in the process of revising the C++ language – this new revision of the C++ language, which is currently known as C++-0x, should be finished and approved by the end of the decade. As part of this process at the recent meeting of this… Read more

Channel 9: Documenting Development Technologies

This channel 9 interview features our very own Gordon Hogenson, the Visual C++ Documentation Manager who has recently released his first book “C++/CLI: The Visual C++ Language for .NET”. Gordon has worked as a manager, technical writer and test engineer for Visual C++, C# and other Microsoft products over the past 9 years. In this… Read more

Improving Our Servicing Experience

This is the second time I’ve experienced the “end game” of a product cycle in VC++. It is always a wonderful time: looking back at all the accomplishments, the satisfaction of seeing all the cool new features working smoothly together, the eagerness of finding and fixing every single bug! The pressure is still on while we… Read more

Testing the Visual C++ IDE

Hello folks!   Alvin Chardon, VC++ IDE QA member here.  I write to our readers today, not with a specific topic in mind, but with a few different thoughts collected during the Orcas product cycle. Hopefully, by the end of this narrative we can take that collection of ideas and form a coherent statement.  Don’t… Read more

Marshaling Library in Orcas

Hi, I am Weidong Huang, an SDET on the VC++ library team.  I joined MS six months ago and have had a wonderful experience so far. In this post, I would like to talk about a new feature of Orcas, the Marshaling Library, which is also the first feature I’ve worked on at MS. What… Read more

Visual Studio Express Orcas

The Community Technology Preview of the Visual Studio Express “Orcas” product is available for download now. Try out the CTP for the Visual C++ “Orcas” Express Edition and let us know your feedback. You can use the VC++ Orcas Forums to discuss relates issues. Looking forward to your feedback! Thanks, The Visual C++ Development Team…. Read more

Header files and the preprocessor – Can’t Live With ’em, Can’t Live Without ’em

Hello, my name is Richard Russo.  I’m the newest member of the Visual C++ compiler front-end developer team, having started in January.  I’m not new to MS though as I spent the last three years working on Windows Vista.  I’m excited to be on the front-end team because compiler development has been a hobby of… Read more

Channel 9: VC++ Safe Libraries and More

Our Channel 9 season continues, this time with a video featuring Ale Contenti, Senior Development Lead on the VC++ libraries team. Much of Ale’s recent work has been on the Safe Libraries (for example, the Safe CRT). Here Ale talks about making the STL safer and goes deep explaining how checked and unchecked iterators work… Read more