MFC: Back to the Future
Approximately three months ago I blogged about how Microsoft is planning to resuscitate MFC. With the release of Visual Studio 2008 (“Orcas”), fast approaching Microsofties are releasing more details about the new VC++ is general, and MFC in particular. Apparently Microsoft is planning a huge update for MFC including such functions as:
- Vista theme support, allowing your application to dynamically switch between themes.
- The Office 2007 UI, including the Ribbon bar look in all its glory, with the ribbon itself, the pearl, quick access toolbar, status bar, and more.
- The Office 2003 and XP UI, including Outlook-style shortcut bar, Office-style toolbars and menus, print preview, live font picker, color picker, etc.
- The Internet Explorer UI, including rebars and task panes in all their glory.
- The Visual Studio UI, with sophisticated docking functionality, auto hide windows, property grids, MDI tabs, tab groups, and more.
Which leads me to ask: Is MFC the new .NET?