Improved Linker Fundamentals in Visual Studio 2019

Shikha Kaul

On the C++ team we’ve heard loud and clear from users that build times are a pain point. So we’ve continued our focus on improving the step, linking, that dominates F5 build times. Fast F5 build times, or iteration build times, are a key contributor to developer productivity and we felt that there was a large opportunity so we narrowed in on changes that we felt could move the needle 2x or more.  This is on top of the significant improvements we made to the tool chain to speed up link times in the VS 2019 16.0 release.   Let me give a teaser of the kinds of wins we were able to achieve.

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