Cocos2d-x Visual Studio Android Project

In the world of game developmentĀ , Cocos2d is one of the biggest names out there. The open source Cocos2d framework has been the backbone of a vast number of top selling apps and games, provides support for a number of programming languages, and targets a massive variety of devices. Currently, Cocos2d-x (the C++ version of… Read more

Developing Native-Activity (Android) applications

Overview Visual Studio 2015 preview (download here) introduces the ability for developers to create Android Native Activity application as a part of the cross-platform mobile development. Android platform with Android Native Activity (API Level 9) introduced the capability to create pure C/C++ applications. While there is some hidden Java JNI code in the background the… Read more

Native Memory Diagnostic Tools for Visual Studio “14” CTP

In Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013, memory diagnostic tools were added for Windows Store and Windows Phone that enable developers to monitor live memory consumption and take heap snapshots of their applications for further analysis.  The Visual Studio team is extending the existing tools to work for Windows Desktop applications in the next major… Read more

Solution Dependency Viewer extension

Hello, In my previous blog, I introduced PDBProject Extension VS2103 as an alternative way to leverage the IDE features.  In this post, I would like to introduce Solution Dependency Viewer Extension as an easy to understand overview of your solution.  This extension parses each C++, C#, and VB projects in the solution and presents a… Read more

Visual C++ Libraries Survey

The Visual C++ team wants to better understand how you use libraries in your day-to-day development work. Whether you’re publishing libraries, finding libraries that work on the Microsoft platforms for which you’re building your apps, or integrating libraries into your project and build systems, we want to hear from you so we can make the… Read more

How is your experience developing graphics apps?

Hello, my name is Rong Lu. I’m a PM on Visual C++ team working on graphics development features in VS, including asset designers, templates, graphics diagnostics, etc.. In preparation for planning for graphics tooling capabilities in the next version of Visual Studio, we’re trying to understand the needs of graphics developers better. We’d love to hear… Read more

Visual C++ Developer Survey

Hi, my name is Sumit Kumar and I am a Program Manager on the Visual C++ team at Microsoft. We are conducting a survey to understand what can we do to make Visual Studio more useful for C++ development in organizations like yours. If you have 15 minutes (maybe less), I would appreciate it if… Read more

Roaming Settings: Give Us Your Feedback!

Let’s kick off 2013 with a survey J We have been researching roaming Visual Studio settings and have a few questions that will help gain insights into what the best experience would be. We have created a survey ( aimed at understanding Visual Studio settings usage patterns and gathering feedback. The survey should take less… Read more