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Memory and Native Code Performance

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 30, 2013 3

In a deep dive on performance, Eric Brumer explained why memory is often the most critical component. And while this session was on C++ development, much of what he said is applicable to managed code as well.

NuGet Improves Mono Support, Adds C++

by Jeff Martin on  May 07, 2013

NuGet's latest brings C++ support along with improved Linux and Mono compatibility. Nearly all developers using NuGet will find new features to simplify their development tasks.

Microsoft's New Compiler Increases C++11 Compliance

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 05, 2012

Microsoft has released a new CTP of its C++ compiler that provides new C++11 functionality, and announced the formation of the Standard C++ Foundation. This foundation is composed of several different organizations that all share the same goal of promoting and support C++.

How Visual Studio Improves C++ Performance

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 01, 2012

The optimizer in Visual Studio 2012 has nearly doubled in size as compared to previous versions. This matters to developers because now their C++ code can benefit from significant increases in execution speed after a recompile. Targeting the additional features of VS2012 can lead to even bigger performance gains.

MFC Update

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2012 6

Despite a recent emphasis on Windows 8 Metro, Microsoft has renewed its pledge to support MFC which they call “the most fully-featured library for building native desktop applications”. While there were no major features announced, a lot of effort was put in to bug fixes and general improvements.

Visual Studio vNext Code Editor Improvements for C++

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 30, 2011 2

Sumit Kumar on the VC++ team has revealed some of the new IDE features for the next version of Visual Studio. While some of them are merely catching up to VB/C#, others suggest new features that all of the languages could take advantage of.

C++ AMP Provides Massive Parallelism

by Abel Avram on  Jun 16, 2011 1

Microsoft wants to give C++ developers tools for writing parallel applications running on zillions of GPUs/cores locally or in the cloud.

Visual Studio vNext Will Bring More Agility and DevOps Integration

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2011

Microsoft has unveiled at TechEd North America 2011 some of the new features coming in Visual Studio: more Agile tools for project planning and collecting stakeholder feedback, a connector for providing operations feedback to developers, plus architecture diagrams and unit testing for VC++.

Developer Angst on Microsoft Visual C++ Futures

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 06, 2010 5

Yesterday a video was posted to the Visual C++ blog in an attempt to answer community concerns about its future. The post hit a raw nerve with the C++ community with no response from the Visual C++ team as yet.

Windows Phone 7 has put the .NET Language Coevolution Promise in Doubt

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 27, 2010 9

In 2009 Microsoft’s Lucas Bolognese announced a commitment to co-evolution for C# and Visual Basic. And the productization of F#, some have assumed it extends to that language as well. But by only offering C# in the initial release of WP7, this promise has been brought into doubt.

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