Using Code Coverage to Improve Orcas Quality

Hi, my name is Ann Zhou and I’m an SDET (Software Design Engineer in Test) tech lead on the Visual C++ Libraries team. Today I would like to share with you something that we have been doing to improve the quality of our testing in Orcas. After we shipped VS2005, the Developer Division and the… Read more

ATL Server: Visual C++ shared source software

Overview   The Visual C++ team is very pleased to announce our plans to release the source code of ATL Server as a shared source project on CodePlex in March 2007. With this release you will now have the opportunity to add all the features and functionality you want to ATL Server and you can… Read more

Using RibbonX with C++ and ATL

Jensen Harris’ blog hosts an interesting article on Using RibbonX with C++ and ATL.  RibbonX is the user interface extensibility model for Office developers.  The article is written by Eric Faller who’s one of the developers behind the design and implementation of RibbonX. For more info about RibbonX, check out the documentation on msdn…. Read more

Spy++ Internals

Hi, my name is Pat Brenner and I’m a software design engineer on the Visual C++ libraries team.  I recently rejoined the Visual C++ team after almost 10 years in the Visual Studio environment team.  I am also the owner of Spy++.  While I did not originally write Spy++, I owned it from around 1993… Read more

An Update to STL/CLR is Complete!

Hello everyone, I am excited to announce that the Visual C++ libraries team has completed another major update of STL/CLR and integrated it with Visual C++ Orcas. Depending on the schedule of internal integrations, you should expect to see this new version of STL/CLR in the February or March CTP for Visual Studio (codename Orcas)…. Read more

Visual Studio 2005 SP1 released

The Visual C++ team is excited to announce the release of Visual Studio 2005 SP1!!!  The Service pack launched on Friday December 15, 2006 and is available for download here: VS2005SP1   This SP addresses issues that were found through a combination of customers and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. There are over 400… Read more

Vista-style File Dialogs with MFC

Hey all,     I’m Peter-Michael Osera, a Program Manager on the Visual C++ Compiler Front End.  As the VC++ team winds down for the holidays, we’d like to share some of the new features that we’re excited about adding into Orcas.  As for my part, I’ve been helping out the libraries team with their… Read more

Bugs reported on the Connect website – pardon our faux pas

Hello   On the Visual C++ team we really value customer feedback and strive to make every interaction between ourselves and our customers as rewarding as possible. Recently we were reading a post on one of our Forums and were concerned to see a customer commenting about not receiving feedback on Visual C++ bugs they… Read more

Managed Extensions for C++ to C++/CLI conversion tool

As you may already know from previous communications, members of the Visual C++ team have (occasionally) worked on a tool to assist developers who wanted to port their source code from the “Managed Extensions for C++” syntax to the new “C++/CLI” syntax. As mentioned in the earlier post, the intended audience of the tool is… Read more

Converting to MSBuild

Hi,   My name is Andreea Isac and I’ve been a member of the Visual C++ Libraries team for one year and a half. Since almost all my team mates (Martyn Lovell, Ale Contenti, George Mileka, Alan Chan) have posted already, I won’t repeat what our team is responsible for!   I have been involved… Read more