The second episode of the new Channel 9 video series Going Native designed to introduce programmers to C++ and it new role as Microsoft's great hope for the future - is now ready for you to view. However, this being C++, the second episode is numbered one - yes its a zero based indexing.
The video expands on the recent blog post by Sumit Kumar (C++ catches up in the next Visual Studio) on the improvements in the Visual Studio IDE. You can see a demo of searching and finding project assets (source files, classes, etc.) using Solution Explorer. You will also see the enhanced coloring of source file, the more proactive IntelliSense (using some fuzzy logic to quickly filter the list as you type the initials of method names and code snippets.
The second item is on the use of the the C Runtime Library (CRT)and the role it plays to the C/C++ compiler, the linker and the underlying Win32 APIs. If you think that the CRT just provides you with printf and similar functions, then this is an eye opener. It runs before the main entry point to your program and after your program is completed. It also takes care of memory (like static initializers), security (buffer overruns, etc.) and exception handling, among other duties. It also reviews the different ways of linking to the CRT from your application, with their pros and cons.
The last item is a report on C++ and Beyond, the conference on C++ programming hosted by Scott Meyers, Andrei Alexandrescu and Herb Sutter.
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