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Visual C++ Programming Methodologies

This section of the documentation contains conceptual and task-based topics about C++ programming.

There are many important aspects to remember when you use Visual C++ to write programs for Windows. For example, managed code and native code are different. The computer processor directly executes native code, but the CLR is responsible to run managed code.

When you are programming for Windows, you must consider window handles, messages, and exceptions. Windows communicate with each other through messages and exceptions. The Microsoft Foundation Class library (MFC) provides wrappers to make this communication easier.

Many C++ programmers focus on the following areas:

  • Windows programming

  • Common Object Model (COM)

  • Libraries, such as Active Template Library (ATL) and MFC

  • Managed code and .NET programming

Data Access (C++)

Covers technologies you can use for database programming in Visual C++.


Explains how to program DLLs.

Character Sets

Covers the development of C++ applications for international markets.


Discusses how to manage and use multiple concurrent threads of execution that are running at the same time.

Native and .NET Interoperability

Covers interoperability features that allow managed and unmanaged constructs to co-exist and interoperate.

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