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Visual Studio 2017 RC Now Available

Visual Studio 2017 RC (previously known as Dev "15") is now available. There is a lot of stuff for C++ to love in this release: For more details, visit What's New for Visual C++ in Visual Studio 2017 RC. Going Native over on Channel 9 also has a good overview including a look at VCPkg. We thrive on your ...

Introducing the Visual Studio Build Tools

Download the VS 2017 Build Tools (for C++ or managed code) Recap of the Visual C++ and Build Tools Last year we introduced the Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools to enable a streamlined build-lab experience for getting the required Visual C++ tools without the additional overhead of installing the Visual Studio IDE.  We expanded the options to ...

Find All References re-designed for larger searches

Visual Studio 2017 comes packed with several major changes to the core developer productivity experience. It is our goal to maximize your efficiency as you develop applications, and this requires us to constantly refine our features and improve on them over time. For Visual Studio 2017, we wanted to improve code navigation, particularly for ...

Introducing Go To, the successor to Navigate To

Visual Studio 2017 comes packed with several major changes to the core developer productivity experience. It is our goal to maximize your efficiency as you develop applications, and this requires us to constantly refine our features and improve on them over time. For Visual Studio 2017, we wanted to improve code navigation, particularly for ...

Open any folder with C++ sources in Visual Studio 2017 RC

With the Visual Studio 2017 RC release, we're continuing to improve the "Open Folder" capabilities for C++ source code. In this release, we're adding support for building as well as easier configuration for the debugger and the C++ language services. If you are just getting started with "Open Folder" or want to read about these capabilities ...

CMake support in Visual Studio – the Visual Studio 2017 RC update

Visual Studio 2017 RC is an important release when it comes to its support for CMake. The "Tools for CMake" VS component is now ready for public preview and we’d like to invite all of you to bring your CMake projects into VS and give us feedback on your experience. For an overview of the general Visual Studio CMake experience, head over to ...

Updates to Expression SFINAE in VS 2017 RC

Throughout the VS 2015 cycle we've been focusing on the quality of our expression SFINAE implementation. Because expression SFINAE issues can be subtle and complex we've been using popular libraries such as Boost and Microsoft's fork of Range-v3 to validate our implementation and find remaining bugs. As we shift the compiler team's focus to ...

Give Visual C++ a Switch to Standard Conformance

This post was written by Gabriel Dos Reis, Phil Christensen, and Andrew Pardoe The Visual C++ Team is excited to announce that the compiler in Visual Studio 2017 RC will feature a mode much closer to ISO C++ standards conformance than any time in its history. This represents a major milestone in our journey to full ISO C++ conformance.  The ...

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 page. While ...

Developing Linux C++ applications with Azure Docker containers

In recent years, Visual Studio has added new features and experiences to allow developers to develop their C++ applications for non-Windows platforms such as Android, iOS and more recently Linux.  One of the challenges that Linux development brings to the table is making sure your native application works across the wide set of Linux ...
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