Chances are, if you are using C++ and moving to .NET, you won't want to rewrite all your existing C++ code. Kate begins a series of articles on the various ways you can reuse old C++ code in new Managed C++ projects.
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C++ templates are like a secret weapon for developers. Those who never got around to learning C++ because "it's really complicated" and "it has all kinds of funky features no one would ever use" have no idea what we can do with templates. Now to learn about templates and the dramatic improvements in Visual C++ .NET!
Be aware that boxing and unboxing values so that you can use the Base Class Libraries carries a performance cost.
Previously Kate showed how to use the ATL CImage class to dramatically simplify working with images in classic C++ applications. This time around, she creates the an application as a Managed C++ Windows application and uses System.Drawing.Image to do the heavy lifting.
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