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Attributed Programming Concepts

Visual C++ includes a variety of material to help you use attributes in your programs. Attributes, a new feature in Visual C++, are designed to simplify COM programming and .NET Framework common language runtime development. When you include attributes in your source files, the compiler works with provider dynamic-link libraries (DLL) to insert code or modify the code in the generated object files. There are attributes that aid in the creation of .idl files, interfaces, type libraries, and other COM elements. In the integrated development environment (IDE), attributes are supported by the wizards and by the Properties window.

While attributes eliminate some of the detailed coding needed to write COM objects, you need a background in COM fundamentals to best use them.

Purpose of Attributes

Presents an overview of attributed programming.

Basic Mechanics of Attributes

Describes how attributes work in your project.

Building an Attributed Program

Provides information about using C++ compiler options in your project.

Attribute Categories

Provides links to the categories of attributes used in Visual C++.

Attributes Walkthroughs

Provides links to walkthroughs showing you how to use attributes in different settings.

Attribute Programmming FAQ

Answers frequently asked questions about attributed programming.

Attributes Reference

Provides links to reference topic describing the individual attributes and their use.

Debugging Injected Code

Describes debugging attributed programs.

__superand __interface

Links to new C++ keywords related to attributed programming.

Common Programming Methodologies

Provides links to topics describing conceptual information about the Visual C++ libraries and topics discussing various coding technologies and techniques.