Class Library Template (C++)

You can use the Class Library template to quickly create reusable classes and components that can be shared with other projects.

The template automatically adds the essential project references and files:

  • References to these .NET Framework namespaces:

    • System - Contains fundamental classes and base classes that define commonly used values and reference data types, events and event handlers, interfaces, attributes, and processing exceptions.

    • mscorlib - The assembly DLL that provides .NET Framework support.

  • Source files:

    • Library (.cpp file) - The main source file and entry point into the application that Visual Studio created for you. Identifies the project .dll file and the project namespace. Provide your own code in this file.

    • AssemblyInfo.cpp - The file that contains information (that is, attributes, files, resources, types, versioning information, signing information, and so on) for modifying the project's assembly metadata. For more information, see Assembly Concepts in the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK).

    • Stdafx.cpp - Used to build a precompiled header file named Win32.pch and a precompiled types file named StdAfx.obj.

  • Header files:

    • Library (.h file) - The main include file for the project, which contains all declarations, global symbols, and #include directives for other header files.

    • Stdafx.h - Used to build a precompiled header file named Win32.pch and a precompiled types file named StdAfx.obj.

    • resource.h - A generated include file for app.rc.

  • Resource files:

    • app.rc - The resource script file of a program.

    • app.ico -The icon file of a program.

  • ReadMe.txt - A file describing each file in your project using the actual filenames created by the template.

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