Sy Brand

C++ Developer Advocate, C++ Team

Sy Brand is Microsoft’s C++ Developer Advocate. Their background is in compilers and debuggers for embedded accelerators, but they’re also interested in generic library design, metaprogramming, functional-style C++, undefined behaviour, and making our communities more inclusive and welcoming.

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What’s New for C++ Developers in Visual Studio 2022 17.9

We are happy to announce that Visual Studio 2022 version 17.9 is now generally available! This post summarizes the new features you can find in this release for C++. You can download Visual Studio 2022 from the Visual Studio downloads page or upgrade your existing installation by following the Update Visual Studio Learn page. Standard ...

A Year of C++ Improvements in Visual Studio, VS Code, and vcpkg

As we enter the new year, it’s a good time to look back at all the features and improvements we made for C++ developers in our tools in 2023. We’ve made advancements across Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, our toolchain, and the vcpkg package manager in both performance and functionality. Some particular areas of focus have been ARM64 ...

What’s New for C++ Developers in Visual Studio 2022 17.8

We are happy to announce that Visual Studio 2022 version 17.8 is now generally available! This post summarizes the new features you can find in this release for C++. You can download Visual Studio 2022 from the Visual Studio downloads page or upgrade your existing installation by following the Update Visual Studio Learn page. Standard ...

Structured Diagnostics in the New Problem Details Window

Massive compiler errors which seem impossible to navigate are the bane of many C++ developers’ lives. It’s up to tools to provide a better experience to help you comprehend diagnostics and understand how to fix the root issue. I wrote Concepts Error Messages for Humans to explore some of the design space and now, due to the hard work of ...

Microsoft C++ Team at CppCon 2023

(image) As always our team will be at CppCon this year with a host of presentations. Many of us will also be present at our team’s booth in the main hall for the first two days of the conference. Come say hi and let us know if you have any questions about our talks, products, or anything else! You can also join the #visual_studio channel...

What’s New for C++ Developers in Visual Studio 2022 17.7

We are happy to announce that Visual Studio 2022 version 17.7 is now generally available! This post summarizes the new features you can find in this release for C++. You can download Visual Studio 2022 from the Visual Studio downloads page or upgrade your existing installation by following the Update Visual Studio Learn page. Core Editor ...

Pure Virtual C++ Videos Available

All of the videos from our Pure Virtual C++ conference are now available! You can find them all on YouTube. Overall we had 18 videos on a wide variety of C++ topics, from Rust/C++ interoperability, to value semantics, to improving compiler errors. Here are the videos for our five live sessions which ran on the day of the conference...
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MSVC C++23 Update and Pure Virtual C++ Tomorrow!

In preparation for Pure Virtual C++ tomorrow Stephan T. Lavavej has made a video update of all we've been working on for conformance in MSVC for C++20 and C++23. You can sign up for Pure Virtual C++ for free here. Stephan's video is here...
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Pure Virtual C++: CMake Debugger, Build Insights in Visual Studio, and more

(image) Pure Virtual C++ is our free, annual, one-day virtual conference for the whole C++ community. This year it is running June 6th and you can find the session list and sign-up for free on the event page. In the run up to the conference we will be publishing new C++ videos every day. You can find the playlist on YouTube. We've ...

Pure Virtual C++ 2023 Pre-Conference Videos

(image) Pure Virtual C++ is our free, annual, one-day virtual conference for the whole C++ community. This year it is running June 6th and you can find the session list and sign-up for free on the event page. In the run up to the conference we will be publishing new C++ videos every day. You can find the playlist on YouTube. The ...