Visual C++ extended

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
Microsoft hasn’t forgotten C++ developers. The release of the Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack extends the standard VC++ Libraries shipped with Visual Studio 2008. It extends the MFC to support applications with an Office Ribbon style interface and Office 2007, Office 2003 and Office XP look and feel. Also new are Visual Studio-style docking toolbars and panes, customisable toolbars and menus and additional GUI controls, MDI tabs and groups.

This feature pack also includes an implementation of TR1 (Technical Report 1), portions of which are scheduled for adoption soon as the first major addition to the ISO 2003 standard C++ library. The implementation includes smart pointers, regular expression parsing, new containers (tuple, array, unordered set, etc.), random number generators, polymorphic function wrappers and type traits.

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