Most developers don’t know much about C2, but it is a vital part of the Windows development lifecycle. It acts as the backend compiler for Visual C++, .NET natively compiled code, compiled T-SQL, and Objective-C on Windows.
C++14, the new C++ standard succeeding C++11, has been finally approved and is heading to ISO for publication this year. While improvements in C++14 are "deliberately tiny" compared to C++11, says C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup, they still "add significant convenience for users" and are a step on the route to make C++ "more novice friendly."
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'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 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++.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft wants to give C++ developers tools for writing parallel applications running on zillions of GPUs/cores locally or in the cloud.
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++.
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.
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.