Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 provides a powerful and flexible development environment for creating Microsoft Windows based and Microsoft .NET based applications.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package installs runtime components of Visual C++ Libraries required to run applications developed with Visual C++ on a computer that does not have Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 installed.
This package installs runtime components of C Runtime (CRT), Standard C++, ATL, MFC, OpenMP and MSDIA libraries.
For libraries that support side-by-side deployment model (CRT, SCL, ATL, MFC, OpenMP) they are installed into the native assembly cache, also called WinSxS folder, on versions of Windows operating system that support side-by-side assemblies.
Microsoft Visual C++ (also known as MSVC) is a commercial integrated development environment (IDE) product engineered by Microsoft for the C, C++, and C++/CLI programming languages.It has tools for developing and debugging C++ code, especially that is written for the Microsoft Windows API, the DirectX API, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 has features such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense (a coding autocompletion feature) and advanced debugging functionality.
For example, it allows for remote debugging using a separate computer and allows debugging by stepping through code a line at a time. The “edit and continue” functionality allows changing the source code and rebuilding the program during program debugging, without restarting the debugged program.
The compile and build system feature, precompiled header files, “minimal rebuild” functionality and incremental link. these features significantly shorten turn-around time to edit, compile and link the program, especially for large software projects.
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