Will Buik

Program Manager, Visual Studio C++ IDE

Will is a Program manager on Visual Studio's C++ IDE team. He works on the C++ project system and design-time language features such as IntelliSense.

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C++ Modules in CMake with Visual Studio

We’ve seen a lot of excitement around C++ modules since we announced support in the Microsoft C++ compiler and Visual Studio. Ever since, the community has been asking us when CMake support was coming. I am happy to announce that Visual Studio 2022 17.2 Preview 2 has experimental support for C++ modules in CMake projects. One caveat for this...

Customized Warning Levels and Code Analysis for External Headers

If you have tried to keep your code clean by selecting strict compiler warning levels or code analysis rulesets, you likely know how frustrating it can be to see these warnings for headers that are not part of your project. To alleviate this, we’ve made it easy to mark headers as external to your project in the latest preview Visual Studio ...

IntelliSense Improvements in Visual Studio 2019

We’ve made many great improvements to C++ IntelliSense over the course of the Visual Studio 2019 release. We’ve collected a few of the highlights in case you are interested in upgrading to Visual Studio 2019 or just want to learn how to be more productive when writing C++ code. If you have followed our blog since the 2019 Previews, you may...

A Tour of C++ Modules in Visual Studio

C++ module support has arrived in Visual Studio! Grab the latest Visual Studio Preview if you want to try it out. C++ modules can help you compartmentalize your code, speed up build times, and they work seamlessly, side-by-side with your existing code. This preview only supports C++ modules in the IDE for MSBuild projects. While the MSVC ...

Microsoft C++ Team at CppCon 2020

The Microsoft C++ team has an exciting lineup of sessions at CppCon 2020. Many of us will also be present at our team’s booth in the virtual exhibition hall throughout the conference. Come say hi and let us know if you have any questions about our talks, products, or anything else! We’ll be making a few exciting announcements about ...
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Easily Add, Remove, and Rename Files and Targets in CMake Projects

It’s easier than ever to work with CMake projects in Visual Studio 2019 16.5 Preview 2. Now you can add, remove, and rename source files and targets in your CMake projects from the IDE without manually editing your CMake scripts. When you add or remove files with the Solution Explorer, Visual Studio will automatically edit your CMake project...

Code Navigation for CMake Scripts

Visual Studio 2019 16.5 Preview 2 makes it easy to make sense of complex CMake projects. Code navigation features such as Go To Definition and Find All References are now supported for variables, functions, and targets in CMake script files. This can be a huge timesaver because CMake projects with more than a handful of source files are often ...

Set Environment Variables for Debug, Launch, and Tools with CMake and Open Folder

There are many reasons why you may want to customize environment variables. Many build systems use environment variables to drive behavior; debug targets sometimes need to have PATH customized to ensure their dependencies are found; etc. Visual Studio has a mechanism to customize environment variables for debugging and building CMake projects ...

An Update on C++/CLI and .NET Core

The first public release of our C++/CLI support for .NET Core 3.1 is now available for public preview! It is included in Visual Studio 2019 update 16.4 Preview 2. We would love it if you could try it out and send us any feedback you have. For more info about what this is and the roadmap going forward, check out my last post on the future of C...

The Future of C++/CLI and .NET Core 3

.NET Core 3.0 is now available and we have received a lot of questions about what that means for the future of C++/CLI. First, we would like to let everyone know that we are committed to supporting C++/CLI for .NET Core to enable easy interop between C++ codebases and .NET technologies such as WPF and Windows Forms. This support isn’t going ...

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