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Visual C++ Language Reference (C++/CX)


Visual C++ component extensions (C++/CX) is a set of extensions to the C++ language that enable the creation of Windows apps and Windows Runtime components in an idiom that is as close as possible to modern C++. Use C++/CX to write Windows apps and components in native code that easily interact with Visual C#, Visual Basic, and JavaScript, and other languages that support the Windows Runtime. In those rare cases that require direct access to the raw COM interfaces, or non-exceptional code, you can use the Windows Runtime C++ Template Library (WRL).

The new model represents the next generation of native C++ programming on Windows. By using it, you can create:

Quick Reference (C++/CX)

Table of keywords and operators for Visual C++ component extensions (C++/CX).

Type System (C++/CX)

Describes basic C++/CX types and programming constructs, and how to utilize C++/CX to consume and create Windows Runtime types.

Building apps and libraries (C++/CX)

Discusses how to use the IDE to build apps and link to static libraries aned DLLs.

Interoperating with Other Languages (C++/CX)

Discusses how components that are written by using C++/CX can be used with components that are written in JavaScript, any managed language, or the Windows Runtime C++ Template Library.

Threading and Marshaling (C++/CX)

Discusses how to specify the threading and marshaling behavior of components that you create.

Namespaces Reference (C++/CX)

Reference documentation for the default namespace, the Platform namespace, Platform::Collections, and related namespaces.

CRT functions not supported in Universal Windows Platform apps

Lists the CRT functions that are not available for use in Windows Runtime apps.

How to guides for Windows 10 apps

Provides high-level guidance about Windows 10 apps and links to more information.

  1. C++/CX Part 0 of [n]: An Introduction

  2. C++/CX Part 0 of [n]: An Introduction

  3. C++/CX Part 2 of [n]: Types That Wear Hats

  4. C++/CX Part 3 of [n]: Under Construction

  5. C++/CX Part 4 of [n]: Static Member Functions