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ATL Internals: Working with ATL 8, Second Edition by Chris Sells, Brent Rector, Kirk Fertitta, Christopher Tavares

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Foreword to the First Edition

When I first saw the title of this book, I told Chris Sells that it sounded like the book I always wanted to write. Ever since we released ATL, some of us have been saying, “We should write a book on how ATL works.” After reading ATL Internals, I don’t think there would be much left for me to write about. Actually, this is kind of a relief. At this point, I think most aspects of ATL have been covered, and ATL Internals provides an excellent source of information of the inner workings of ATL. So, Chris asked me to provide some information that can’t be deduced by looking at the ATL source code.

A Brief History of ATL

I first got into templates in late 1995, while I was a developer on the MFC team. A friend of mine ...

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