Three New Features I Like in Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 comes with many new features and improvements in the IDE, the debugger or language compilers. Obviously, there are more than three things I like in the new IDE, but three things have caught my attention from the very beginning. The Error Window One of the things that bothered me the most about…

Version history of VC++, MFC and ATL

I have tried to assemble together information about the Visual C++ releases, the compiler and the frameworks (MFC and ATL). You can find these on many places, but it is often incomplete or focused on something particular (Visual Studio, C++ compiler, framework, etc.). The table below is the result of this effort. It is incomplete…

Dynamic Dialog Layout for MFC in Visual C++ 2015

In Visual Studio 2015 MFC comes with a new features (something that has rarely happen in recent years): support for dynamic dialog layout. That means library support for moving and resizing controls on a dialog. In this article I will show how this feature works. Suppose we have the following dialog: What we want is…

Creating iOS splash screens with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

When you create a Cordova project with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova it generates a set of splash screens for all supported iOS (both iPhone and iPad) resolutions. These are found under res\screens\ios. There are two things to notice here: First, the names in Visual Studio are like screen-iphone-portrait.png or screen-ipad-portrait.png and in XCode…

Update Cordova for Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (VSCordovaTools for short) is a great Visual Studio toolset to develop hybrid applications for multiple platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows. One of the nice things about the tool is that it installs everything you need to develop with Cordova. You don’t have to care about installing multiple components,…