Sunday, April 20, 2008

Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack Release

Microsoft have published a final release of the Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack. This SDK extends the base MFC libraries to support the development of applications using:

  • Office Ribbon style interface
  • Office 2007 look and feel
  • Visual Studio-style docking toolbars and panes
  • Advanced MDI tabs and groups
  • etc

The feature pack also includes an implementation of Technical Report 1 (TR1), which is an expansion of the C++ standard library to include:

  • Smart Pointers & Reference Wrappers
  • Function Objects
  • Regular expression parsing
  • New containers (tuple, array, hash table, etc)
  • Sophisticated random number generators
  • etc

You can read all about TR1 on Wikipedia.

The binary for the feature pack is just over 320 MB and you can download it here. Note that there were some issues in the initial release of the feature pack, but these have since been resolved.

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