Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

The Text of the Letter to Infoworld

Since it doesn't seem to be available on-line, here's the text, hiding behind the cut:

Seeing Is Believing
I was entertained by the May 31 article "Microsoft Gambles on Visual Studio 2005". While Microsoft is talking a good game for C++ developers who foolishly upgraded from Visual Studio 6.0, there doesn't appear to be a lot of love for us.

Did you know that there are new bugs in the MFC (Microsoft Foundation Class) libraries, introduced during last year's security sweep, that were reported more than a year ago that still aren't documented in the Knowledge Base? For work-arounds, you must crawl through the Microsoft newsgroups. That's inexcusable.

I note in your article that the editor will automatically generate unit tests for everything except C++ code. And while you talk about support for unmanaged code, I attended a recent TechEd event in Chicago where it was clear that you would have to run managed code if you wanted any of the "good stuff" that Microsoft was developing.

Microsoft is saying a lot and delivering very little for C++ developers. I'll believe it when I see it.
Tags: musings, tech

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