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Side-by-side Minor Version MSVC Toolsets in Visual Studio 2019

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.1 Preview 3 ships with the first side-by-side minor versions of the v142 MSVC toolset. We first shipped minor side-by-side versions of MSVC toolsets with Visual Studio 2017, but a few things have changed in 2019. This post covers what’s new; primarily more granular versions of the toolsets in the installer and ...

Using Visual Studio for Cross Platform C++ Development Targeting Windows and Linux

A great strength of C++ is the ability to target multiple platforms without sacrificing performance. If you are using the same codebase for multiple targets, then CMake is the most common solution for building your software. You can use Visual Studio for your C++ cross platform development when using CMake without needing to create or generate...

STL Features and Fixes in VS 2017 15.8

15.7 was our first feature complete C++17 library (except floating-point <charconv>), and in 15.8 we have addressed large numbers of outstanding bugs. As usual, we’ve maintained a detailed list of the STL fixes that are available. Visual Studio 2017 15.8 is available at https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/. New Features...

Shared PCH usage sample in Visual Studio

This post was written by Olga Arkhipova and Xiang Fan Oftentimes, multiple projects in a Visual Studio solution use the same (or very similar) precompiled headers. As pch files are often big and building them takes a significant amount of time, this leads to the popular question: is it possible for several projects to use the same pch file...

Configuring C++ IntelliSense and Browsing

Whether you are creating a new (or modifying an existing) C++ project using a Wizard, or importing an project into Visual Studio from another IDE, it’s important to configure the project correctly for the IntelliSense and Browsing features to provide accurate information.  This article provides some tips on configuring the projects and ...

Continuous Integration for C++ with Visual Studio Team Services

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is an easy way to help your team manage code and stay connected when developing. VSTS supports continuous integration using a shared code repository that everyone on the team uses to check in code changes. Every time any code is checked in, it is fully integrated by running a full automated build. By ...

Targeting the Windows Subsystem for Linux from Visual Studio

Update Jan. 8, 2020: Visual Studio 2019 version 16.1 and later has native support for WSL. This eliminates the need to establish an SSH connection and is the recommended workflow for building and debugging on WSL. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was first introduced at Build in 2016 and was delivered as an early beta in Windows 10 ...

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 ...

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