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Visual C++ Reference

The following links take you to topics providing reference material for Visual C++.

Visual C++ Libraries

Provides links to the various libraries provided with Visual C++, including ATL, MFC, OLE DB, the C run-time library, and the Standard C++ Library.

C++ Attributes Reference

Provides links to topics discussing attributes, which simplify COM programming and .NET Framework common language runtime development.

C/C++ Languages

Provides links to the C language reference, the C++ language reference, and C and C++ preprocessor directives reference.

Microsoft Macro Assembler Reference

Provides links to topics describing the MASM directives, operators, and error messages.

Porting and Upgrading Programs

Provides links to topics describing how to create your projects for portability to other languages and platforms and how to upgrade your projects to conform to the current release of Visual C++.

Creating and Managing Visual C++ Projects

Provides links to topics describing how to use application and code wizards to create your own projects and how to employ property pages to manage your projects.

Building a C/C++ Program

Provides links to topics describing building your program from the command line or from the integrated development environment of Visual Studio.

Common Programming Methodologies

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


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

Visual C++

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

Application Development in Visual Studio

Provides links to topics describing how you can use Visual Studio to accomplish each step in the development process.

Debugging Native Code

Discusses some common debugging problems and techniques for C and C++ applications.

Visual C++ Extensibility Object Model

Provides links to topics discussing COM objects, interfaces, and associated managed wrappers that can be used with any COM- or .NET-compliant language to automate actions occurring in the Visual Studio development environment.