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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.

C++14 conformance improvements: constexpr and aggregate initialization

Two important features in C++11 received small upgrades in C++14 that had far-reaching effects. You can see from the CppReference site that while both of these changes were small changes to the standard (search for the "C++14" annotation on those pages) they had broad impact on the compiler’s implementation and on what code ...

Visual Studio Code C/C++ extension March 2017 Update

Last week marked an important and exciting milestone for the C/C++ extension for Visual Studio Code: this extension has been installed for over 1 million times since it shipped just a year ago! Thanks to everyone who tried it and provided us invaluable feedback to help shape the extension what it is today. But we are still early in this ...

Finding installed Visual C++ tools for Visual Studio 2017

There have been a number of questions from customers about how to locate the tools in the world of this new installation model.  The following blog post will share a number of options available for locating Visual Studio 2017 instances and provides various samples that illustrates the process in action. How to find installed Visual Studio ...
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Always Set Impossible Goals

Impossible goals are like dreams, we always pursue them, with the hopes they will come true. In one of my recent experiences, I managed a feature crew, C++ Fast Project Load (FPL), a team of exceptional people. Personally, I'm very passionate about performance, as I believe it makes our interaction with our beloved machines much more ...
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