Renewed C++ Interest

I read two blog posts today that are quite encouraging about the future of the C++ compiler in Visual Studio.

The first is Jonathan Caves talking about their Visual C++ Compiler Plans.  It’s very encouraging to see that they’re taking a long term “revamp the compiler” approach, and I hope they get the time and resources to execute this plan.

One of the reasons I have this hope is what Jason Lucas talks about in his blog post on the Abstract Syntax Tree

C#, Java, and other newer languages with newer compilers have IDEs that really understand the code.  AFAIK no C++ IDE has this.  The IDE has some hints gleaned from looking at what the compiler generated when parsed the code, but there’s nothing like CodeDom for native C++ today.

Frankly I’m just looking forward to the day when IntelliSense finally works reliably.

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