Version 6.1 is the first major GCC release in about one year. It contains substantial new functionality, says GCC maintainer Jakub Jelinek, including new C++17 features, full support for OpenMP, and improved support for OpenACC.
Microsoft has announced the first preview of Visual Studio 2015's successor. Even more impressive is a new extension available now that provides VS2015 with the ability to create and develop C++ projects for Linux and UNIX based systems.
Today at Build, the presentation “6 Reasons Move your C++ code to VS2015” was given which discussed the new features in VS2015 that make it more useful to C++ developers. VS2015 has been evolving since its original July 2015 release and there are several new features that should increase its attractiveness to C++ developers regardless of the platforms they target.
JetBrains has announced version 2016.1 of CLion, its cross-platform IDE that targets both Linux and OS X. The new version adds many improvements to C++ support, code generation, Python and Swift support, and better Git integration.
The LLVM team has announced the release of LLVM, which includes a few major deprecations, new C API headers, and Clang 3.8.
Microsoft continues to increase its compliance with the C++11, C++14, and upcoming C++17 language standards with its second update to Visual Studio 2015.
PDB or Program DataBase is a central component of the Windows ecosystem. Whether you write code in C++ or .NET, without a PDB file even basic tasks such as stepping through code becomes impossible. And yet, the PDB format is largely a black box. At least until now.
Microsoft debuted improved Edit and Continue (EnC) support for C++ projects with VS2015 launch. The first update to VS2015 brings several improvements to EnC users. Windows Store apps and DirectX applications can now use EnC. And all C++ EnC users will find bug fixes and usability tweaks.
Microsoft's new partnership with Xoreax has produced a "freemium" version of IncrediBuild for Visual Studio users. This tool uses several techniques to dramatically reduce project build times for several different project types.
Visual Studio 2015 continues to expand its reach into non-Windows development scenarios. A new extension enables Visual Studio to be used to debug C++ code being run on Linux-based systems.
As announced at CppCon, Bjarne Stroustrup and Herb Sutter have started working on a set of guidelines for modern C++. The goal of this effort is improving how developers use the language and help ensuring they write code that is type safe, has no resource leaks, and is as much as possible free of programming logic errors.
Microsoft has released tools to enable Objective-C development on Windows which are intended to facilitate the porting of iOS apps to Windows. This move is not without some controversy, as some developers are upset at how their code was included in this project.
The Edit and Continue debugging feature for C++ code has been available in Visual Studio before in various forms. In Visual Studio 2015 this support has been expanded to include both 32-bit and 64-bit code while maintaining the use of the other debugging tools Visual Studio offers.
Coming only six months after the release of Qt 5.4, Qt 5.5 fixes almost 1500 reported bugs and adds new features, while also ensuring that it will be ready for Windows 10 on time, improving Linux compatibility and OS X parity.
C++ Developers will benefit from the involvement of hundreds of fellow users who reported numerous bugs with the C++ compiler during its release stage. Microsoft has provided a list of all of the bugs that have been corrected for the upcoming release of VS2015RTM.