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Vcpkg: Using multiple enlistments to handle multiple versions of a library

Vcpkg allows you to acquire and build 3rd party libraries on Windows. Once cloned, the vcpkg directory (enlistment) provides a stable set of libraries that are all compatible and based on the latest published version of these libraries. Occasionally, you may need different versions of the same library. By design, you can’t have two different...
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Vcpkg: introducing export command

Vcpkg helps you acquire and build open source libraries on Windows. Since September 2016, the community added more than 200 libraries in the vcpkg catalog and has been contributing actively to the code itself. Vcpkg now supports Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017 and can target dynamic or static libraries and platforms like x64, x86 or ...

Binary Compatibility and Pain-free Upgrade: Why Moving to Visual Studio 2017 is almost “too easy”

Visual Studio 2017 is a major leap forward in terms of C++ functionality compared with VS 2015. We hope the new release will delight you in your day-to-day job as soon as you can upgrade. This blog post focuses on the steps needed to upgrade from Visual Studio 2015 to 2017. As promised in our BUILD 2016 talk "6 reasons to move your C++ code ...

Vcpkg recent enhancements

Vcpkg simplifies acquiring and building open source libraries on Windows. Since our first release we have continually improved the tool by fixing issues and adding features. The latest version of the tool is 0.0.71, here is a summary of the changes in this version:See the Change Log file for more detailed description: https://github.com/...
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vcpkg 3 Months Anniversary, Survey

vcpkg, a tool to acquire and build C++ open source libraries on Windows, was published 3 months ago. We started with 20 libraries and now the C++ community has added 121 new C++ libraries. We really appreciate your feedback and we created a survey to collect it. Please take 5 minutes to complete it. The survey measure your overall ...

Vcpkg updates: Static linking is now available

One month ago, we announced the availability of Vcpkg a command line tool to easily acquire and build open source C++ lib and consume it in Visual Studio 2015. The initial release provided only dynamic link libraries, but we heard your feedback, and we are pleased to announce static linking support with Vcpkg. To generate static libraries, ...