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iOS / Linux Cross-Platform C++ Survey

We want you to take another survey.Many of you continue to participate in our surveys and opt-in for one-on-one conversations about your development habits. Your feedback helps us better understand the peculiarities of cross-platform development and the challenges of specific platforms when it comes to C++.Again we return to you for help ...
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Native Memory Diagnostics in VS2015 Preview

In Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and also in the earlier CTP releases of Visual Studio 2015, we released a memory diagnostic tool that allowed developers to take heap snapshots of their application and then examine the heap contents upon terminating their application.  The initial release supported viewing managed and native objects in the heap...
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Visual C++ Compiler on Rise4Fun

As you know, through CTPs and Preview releases, we have been trying to make the Visual C++ compiler bits available more frequently.  In the same line, we have now decided to provide a view into the live development branch for the Visual C++ compiler through the website http://rise4fun.com/vcpp.This site allows you to compile simple code ...
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All about C++ Refactoring in Visual Studio 2015 Preview

Hello C++ World! Update (1/6/2015): Check out all these features in action -- as well as how they've been improved since Preview -- in this video! With Wednesday's release of Visual Studio 2015 Preview, we are pleased to present you with new and improved coding productivity features, not the least of which is (finally) Refactoring for C...
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Visual Studio 2015 Preview is Now Available

Today with the Visual Studio 2015 Preview, one of the big things we've done is improved the C++ experience, adding support for targeting Android, boosting runtime and build-time performance, improving standards compliance, and improving the editor experience. The Preview is available here for download and as a VM that you can run in Azure (if ...
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Details About Some of the New C++ Language Features

When you read our release notes, you'll notice that we've added a large number of C++ language features. The details of what these features are can be found all over the web, but what purpose they serve might still be nebulous. This article will attempt to explain the origins of and how to use a few of these new language mechanisms for best ...

Speeding up the Incremental Developer Build Scenario

Overview One of the major focus areas for Visual C++ lately has been improving developer productivity. Keeping this in mind a plethora of improvements have been introduced with Visual Studio 2015 preview (download here) aimed at the developer incremental scenario. The developer incremental scenario is one where a developer changes a single or...
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C++ Tools Acquisition for Windows Phone and Store Development

Through this blog post we wanted to inform you that C++ apps in Visual Studio 2015 Preview will be able to target Windows 8.1 Store and Phone development along with Windows 8.0 Phone development.  Everything mentioned below is relevant only for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps. To provide this experience for the users VS 2015 pulls in...
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Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Visual C++

Overview Modern application customers are demanding applications be available for multiple device platforms (such as Windows,  Android and iOS). Today there exist multiple approaches in writing applications which target these device platforms. One approach is to simply create multiple versions of the ...
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