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C/C++ Languages

This section of the Visual C++ documentation includes references on C, C++, and the C/C++ preprocessor.

C Language Reference

Describes the C programming language as implemented in Microsoft C.

C++ Language Reference

Describes the C++ programming language as implemented in Microsoft C++.

C/C++ Preprocessor Reference

Describes the preprocessor as it is implemented in Microsoft C and C++.

Compiler Intrinsics

Describes intrinsic functions available in Microsoft C and C++ for x86, IPF, and x64 architectures. Also the intrinsics for MMX, Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE), and Streaming SIMD Extensions 2.

Visual C++

Provides links to different areas of the Visual Studio and Visual C++ documentation set.


Provides links to topics describing the libraries provided with Visual C++, the Visual C++ Extensibility Object Model, and the Microsoft Macro Assembler (MASM).

Visual C++ Samples

Provides links to sample code showing the capabilities of Visual C++ and the libraries and technologies it supports.

Community Additions

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