Microsoft's Visual C++ compiler was first released in 1993, more than a decade ago. Over the years there have been many versions; some represented only a small improvement over the previous versions while others were dramatically improved. The release of Visual C++ .NET 2002 as part of Visual Studio .NET 2002 was perhaps the largest change in the tool since the original release. Everything that had been in earlier versions of Visual C++ was still in the 2002 version, but in addition a door had opened into the new world of managed code and the .NET runtime.

Unfortunately for C++ programmers, the full promise of the .NET world didn't pour out of the Visual C++ .NET 2002 box. There were so many things that Visual Basic.NET and C# programmers ...

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