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  1. Support C++11 features

    Support C++11 features

    4,620 votes
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      99 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Update 1/2/2014:
      Support for C++11 began in Visual Studio 2010, which included auto and lambda functions. In Visual Studio 2012, we implemented more of the standard—for example, range-based for loops, standard threads, and futures. Visual Studio 2013 provides even more—variadic templates, delegating constructors, non-static data member initializers, uniform initialization, ‘using’ aliases, and other features.

      For more information, see the C++ Conformance Roadmap on Soma’s blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/06/28/cpp-conformance-roadmap.aspx) , and learn about the Future of C++ from Herb Sutter (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/2-306).

      Finally, this table summarizes conformance by feature, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh567368.aspx.

      Thanks,
      Visual C++ Team (ebattali@Microsoft.com)

    • Improve MFC

      Like many developers we maintain and develop an extremely large enterprise MFC application. All in all about 1.5 million lines. Asides from the addition of ribbons and a few extra controls we have had very little improvements in how we can work with MFC or native Win32 apps (in fact, the speed has gone down and classwizard seems to have gone from bad to worse to gone). Can you consider:

      1. Improving the Dialog editor so that we can lay out dialogs with guides and the extra alignment options that are standard with C# - automatically spacing items correctly and…

      2,262 votes
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        17 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

        We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

        1,184 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

          We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

          Hope that helps.

        • Provide refactoring for C++

          Currently there is almost no refactoring support for C++. Even basic refactoring like renaming is missing.

          915 votes
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            14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Switch to Clang

            Why?

            Because it compiles code faster on large code bases.
            Because it is more C++11 compliant.
            Because it will be updated with fixes in a timely manner.
            Because it will require less of your maintenance.
            Because you can contribute back to it to make it even better.
            Because you can build tools out of it like Intellisense, static analysis, etc.
            Because MSFT can focus on Visual Studio UI and other elements that make it a nice IDE.
            Because this is what C++ developers would prefer (non-biased opinion here :P ).
            Because code portability is important in this platform diverse world.

            342 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 245 votes
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                15 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Stop treating workarounds as a legitimate alternative to standards compliance

                Particularly in the world of C++, where the delta between what the compiler accepts and what the standard says is quite large, it is common for people to report bugs against the compiler.

                Often, however, these are met with refusals to fix the compiler, and claims that there are workarounds.

                I would love you to change this policy.

                Yes, sometimes there is a zero cost workaround to a particular flaw. But that's not a reason to not fix the bug. I write code that I wish to compile in g++, VC++, and sometimes even clang++. Being forced to avoid standard…

                210 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • IsAnyNull Compiler Feature

                  We often find ourself writing statements such as:

                  If ( (a !=null) && (a.b !=Null) && (a.b.c !=null)
                  {
                  // Do something with c
                  }

                  It would be great if there was a compiler feature that would generate
                  the individual check without having the developer duing the tedious work with a statement such as a.b.c.IsAnyNull()

                  202 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support c++11 concurrency header files in c++/cli

                    When using the /clr switch in VC++ 2012, it is not possible to include some of the new c++11 header files (i.e. <atomic> / <thread>) as compilation will break.

                    One typical application of c++/cli is to wrap a native class inside a (managed) ref class to expose its functionality to the .net world.

                    The restriction previously described prevents a ref calss to consume a native class with members like std::thread or std::atomic<T>.

                    A workarround (pimpl-idiom) is discussed in this topic:
                    (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/9771f61c-05b7-4e3e-96fb-ac9ea31ac3f4)

                    The former approach requires to change existing code, therefore support for the new c++11 header files in…

                    174 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • C++ compiler should warn about wrong member initialization order

                      Every few years this suggestion emerges and I think now is the time for next iteration.
                      In C++ the order of class/struct member initialization is determined by the order of member declaration and not by the order of their appearance in member initialization list. It is therefore extremely easy to to write a code that is very hard to find, e.g.:

                      struct S {
                      int a;
                      int b;

                      S( int i ) : b(i), a(b+1) {}
                      };

                      int main()
                      {
                      S s(42);
                      }

                      and we have garbage in s.a what might be not obvious for a novice programmer.
                      GCC issues…

                      169 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Decouple C++ compiler releases from Visual Studio releases

                        In VS2010 and subsequently in VS2010sp1, many features of C++11 was implemented. But it is still far from covering the full spec. And we can assume that the full spec will not be available even in VS2011(or v.next). Because, MS is polling developers for prioritizing certain features of C++11. May it will take some time to have a fully supported C++11 with VS. And that is true for almost all the C++ implementations. And probably, the C++ compiler supplied with VS v.next will not be usable with VS2010.

                        We can see, C++ compiler releases(full version or service packs) are coupled…

                        163 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ISO C++ wrappers for WinRT

                          Now that WinRT has been unveiled, a lot of people have criticized the C++/CLI-like quasi-C++ that is the recommended way to interface with the API. And honestly, it looks reasonably nice. If we're willing to give up all hopes of using another compiler than VC11, and don't mind non-standard code in our C++ application, it seem a nice way to interface with WinRT.

                          But how about an alternative?

                          How about offering a "best effort" library-only ISO C++ wrapper to make WinRT usage as simple as possible without relying on library extensions? It doesn't have to be as clean and pretty…

                          153 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

                            In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

                            Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

                            As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

                            See also:

                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

                            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

                            150 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • assembler

                              Make inline asm in x64-bit projects.

                              149 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • make header include refactoring possible

                                  Would be great to have a tool which will automatically remove unused headers. I a big projects (more than 1^6 LOC ) this becomes really both code and compile-time issue over the time.

                                  Another idea is to move from precompiled header those header files which are used only once and move those used more than once into precompiled header. Ideally those thresholds are configurable.

                                  122 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Continue support for MBCS (Multi-Byte Character Sets) for MFC and C++

                                    After VS2013 the MBCS variants of the standard library and MFC are declared deprecated. Conversion to Unicode will cost our company litteraly thousands of productive hours (over 3 million source code lines to convert). So this deprecation is a bad idea. Please continue the support of these variants of C++ projects, and continue the support of MBCS in MFC!

                                    111 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support XAML+Native Code for desktop applications

                                      Metro app developers got the gift of the ability to combine XAML with native code. Desktop developers (well, at least me) have wanted this for years and probably didn't ask because we figured there was no chance. Now developers of these little toy apps get this ability! This is a travesty. Desktop application developers need a modern framework (MFC is older than the internet, WPF is dead), and it should be native code (.NET is too slow). So please port the ability to use XAML and native code together over to the Win32 development platform.

                                      109 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

                                        As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

                                        (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

                                        84 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow me to link Visual C++ filters to specific directories

                                          Please give me a way to associate a directory for a given filter (ie folder) in VC++. The directory would be used as the default when I click on a filter and run the Add New wizard. This would help greatly on larger projects with elaborate directory structures.

                                          Here is an example of how the current setup is maddening. Imagine I am working on something that has a directory structure like this

                                          \Foo
                                          \build
                                          \msvc << VC++ files here
                                          \brandX << build/make files for your competition
                                          \include
                                          \Algorithms
                                          sort.h
                                          \Collections
                                          vector.h
                                          \src
                                          \Algorithms
                                          sort.cpp
                                          \Collections
                                          vector.cpp

                                          I can create Filters…

                                          82 votes
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