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Preview of using CMake Presets for Azure Sphere development

We are happy to announce that CMake Presets preview support is available in the Visual Studio 16.10 release as well as CMake Tools version 1.7 for Visual Studio Code. Erika introduced CMake Presets and why you should use them, this post will focus on how they can be used for Azure Sphere development across Visual Studio, VS Code, and GitHub...

Debugging Linux CMake Projects with gdbserver

Update 2/20/20: We have addressed a bug which allows you to debug simple CMake projects using one level of CMakeLists.txt files with gdbserver in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.5 Preview 3. The example launch configuration has been updated below. Gdbserver is a program that allows you to remotely debug applications running on Linux. It is ...

Using multi-stage containers for C++ development

Updated January 10, 2020: Corrected link to article source that was broken by refactoring in the repo. Containers are a great tool for configuring reproducible build environments. It’s fairly easy to find Dockerfiles that provide various C++ environments. Unfortunately, it is hard to find guidance on how to use newer techniques like multi...

C++ development with Docker containers in Visual Studio Code

Containers allow developers to package up an application with all the parts it needs, such as libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one image. This is especially useful for C++ cross-platform development – with containers you can choose to target a platform that runs on a completely different operating system than your ...

Using MSVC in a Docker Container for Your C++ Projects

Containers encapsulate the runtime environment of an application: the file system, environment settings, and virtualized OS are bundled into a package. Docker containers have changed the way we think about build and test environments since they were introduced five years ago. Visual Studio’s setup and install expert, Heath Stewart, blogs ...

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