Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 included significant updates to the Standard Template Library including shared pointers--a smart pointer that is actually smart. See how shared pointers complete the resource management story for native C++ developers and never type "delete" again! Some of the upcoming language changes known as C++ 0x have already been incorporated into the next version of Visual C++. Lambdas and the auto keyword will open up new possibilities for native C++ programmers. Also get a "sneak peek" of some upcoming IDE features that will ensure native programming is more productive than ever.
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