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One of the very useful features of Visual Studio is Intellisense. C# and VB programmers have come to rely on this mechanism as a one of the means to being highly productive when using VS as their dev tool. VC++ developers have not been afforded the same
luxury as their other (managed) VS counterparts. Why? Well, for one thing there are big technical challenges to pulling off highly performant and accurate Intellisense for a VC++ code garden. You can imagine why given the complex structure of C++ programs...
Here, we meet Senior Developer in Test Arjun Bijanki who has been working on the VC++ front end compiler team for his entire career at Microsoft (as you'd expect, the front end compiler team owns Intellisense...).
How does Intellisense work? What are the challanges of implementing a truly useful Intellisense for VC++? When will VC++ developers get a great Intellisense experience in Visual Studio? What's the current state of the art and what's the future hold?
(Dan Fernandez joins in the conversation - this is Dan's first appearance on C9 as an interviewer (it was actually his first day on the job. Not surprisingly, Dan asks some very good questions.))
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