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C++ tutorials, C and C++ news, and information about Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Vcpkg from the Microsoft C++ team.

Optimizing C++ Code

Hi, my name is Jim Hogg and I am a Program Manager, working in the Visual C++ compiler team in Microsoft, based on the main campus here in Redmond. More specifically, I work in the part of the compiler that optimizes your code, to make it run faster, or to make it smaller, or a mixture of the two. In this series of blog posts, I will explain ...
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Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) – Under the Hood

To introduce myself I am Ankit Asthana and I am the program manager for the backend C++ compiler. In my last few blogs I provided an introduction to what PGO is all about along with case studies which covered how Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) is used to make real world applications such as SAP NetWeaver and Windows PHP faster. In this blog...
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New Channel 9 video on the Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit now online

If you’re interested in DirectX development, head on over to Channel 9, where there’s a new video about the Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit.  This time, Roberto Sonnino interviews Gokhan Sengun, who’s created the Virtual Experiment Laboratory app, which is the first known app on the Windows Store that was built using the ...
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Image Processing with C++ AMP and the .NET Framework

Image processing is a computational task that lends itself very well to GPU compute scenarios. In many cases the most commonly used algorithms are inherently massively parallel, with each pixel in the image being processed independently from the others. As a result, image processing toolkits have been early adopters of the new GPGPU ...
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Speed up Windows PHP Performance using Profile Guided Optimization (PGO)

To introduce myself I am Ankit Asthana and I am the program manager for the backend C++ compiler. In my last two blogs I provided an introduction to what Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) is all about and a case study which illustrates how PGO is used to make SAP NetWeaver faster.  In this blog I would like to present the story about how ...
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NuGet for C++ and the Northwest Hackathon

Howdy!My name is Garrett Serack, I'm not actually part of the Visual C++ team--I actually work as a Senior Software Development Engineer in Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center, which is part of Windows Server. I have a distinctly different job than most here at Microsoft-I work to get Open Source software running better on Windows ...
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Fix: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 breaks Windows XP targeting with ATL and/or statically linking MFC

Recently, some of our customers reported a bug in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 that breaks Windows XP targeting with C++ in some scenarios. Specifically, applications using ATL and/or statically linking with MFC will get the following error when run on Windows XP:"The procedure entry point InitializeCriticalSectionEx could not be located in the...
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