[webkit-dev] WebKit, C++11, and Visual Studio 2013

Alex Christensen alex.christensen at flexsim.com
Fri Dec 6 16:05:47 PST 2013

Is there any advantage of VS2013 instead of VS2012?  I've been using VS2012
for a while, and it works fine.  It also has the C++11 features we want to
use.  Staying one version behind the latest usually prevents updates from
breaking things.

Alex Christensen

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM, Brent Fulgham <bfulgham at apple.com> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> We are working hard to move WebKit toward stronger adoption of C++11
> features, such as variadic templates, ranged for-loops, and initializer
> lists. Unfortunately, this effort has been hampered by the small subset of
> C++11 features available in Visual Studio 2010.
> You can get a feel for the level of C++11 support in the last few versions
> of Visual Studio here:
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/hh567368.aspx
> With Visual Studio 2013, we finally have access to a compiler that
> supports the major C++11 features we need. Consequently, we intend to
> switch to VS2013 and begin taking advantage of these new language
> constructs.
> Over the next week we will be landed a series of source changes that allow
> WebKit to be built with VS2013, but will continue to build with VS2010 on
> our build machines.  Next Friday, we plan to land project file changes to
> switch to the new compiler, and will simultaneously convert our build
> system to use VS2013 as well.
> Once the revised project files are landed, we will no longer be officially
> supporting Visual Studio 2010 as a compiler target.
> For those playing at home, you can track progress by following
> https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=125192.
> WebKit continues to build with the free “Visual Studio 2013 Express”
> software, so I do not anticipate that this change will block any external
> developers from running Windows builds.
> Thanks,
> -Brent
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