Visual C++ docs: the future is… soon!

We on the Visual C++ documentation team are pleased to announce some changes to the API reference content in the following Visual C++ libraries: STL, MFC, ATL, AMP, and ConcRT. Since the beginning of MSDN online, the Visual C++ libraries have documented each class member, free function, macro, enum, and property on a separate web… Read more

ATL and MFC changes and fixes in Visual Studio 2013

Hello, I’m Pat Brenner, a developer on the Visual C++ Libraries team.  In this blog post I would like to share with you the changes that we’ve made in ATL and MFC for Visual Studio 2013. One of the major changes we made was to eliminate the ATL DLL altogether.  All ATL code is now static,… Read more

C++ Renaissance: First Symptoms of Contagion in Traditionally Non-Native Teams

You may already know Pete Brown but if you don’t, I’ll briefly introduce him here: he’s, like me, a Community Program Manager with Microsoft but while I’m focused on C/C++ languages and the Visual C++ tool, he’s devoted to client-side development technologies (mainly WPF and Silverlight, with some Windows Phone 7 and XNA, a bit… Read more

The Visual C++ Weekly Vol. 1 Issue 4 (Jan 22, 2010)

Paperli.PaperWidget.Show({ pid: ‘visualc/news’, width: 200, background: ‘#000666’ }) Greetings!! The 4th issue of The Visual C++ Weekly is out there. This issue starts with an article due to C++ MVP Marc Gregoire on an extension that Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta brings to Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) to allow animations. A book of techniques in… Read more

ActiveX Test Container Application is Still Available

Hello, I’m Pat Brenner, a developer on the Visual C++ Libraries team.  I’ve noticed some posts on various forums lamenting the loss of the ActiveX Test Container application and I wanted to address those concerns. The ActiveX Text Container tool is still available as a sample in Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010.  It… Read more

The ATL/MFC Trace Tool and the Tracing Mechanism

Hi, I am Pat Brenner, a Software Design Engineer in the Visual C++ Libraries group.  Some time back I wrote about Spy++.  Today, I am going to write about another Visual Studio debugging tool, the ATL/MFC Trace Tool, and the tracing mechanism that it interacts with in ATL and MFC. The tracing mechanism The tracing… Read more

Active Template Library (ATL) Security Updates

Hello,   On Tuesday 28 July  we released guidance and updates to assist developers using our Active Template Library (ATL) to prevent creating controls or components with potential security vulnerabilities.  Vulnerabilities in libraries are a rare, but industry wide issue, that requires broad collaboration and action by the community at large to effectively resolve.   … Read more