Updated 2012-09-10 14:42:49 by LkpPo

Microsoft Foundation Classes. A C++ library for programming on Microsoft Windows. MFS started out as a thin wrapper over the Windows GUI API, but it has over time been expanded to cover all kinds of aspects, like e.g. C++ templates for programming COM servers.

MFC is not strictly part of the OS, but a library that comes with the VC++ compiler. It has been licensed by some (not all) other compilers as well. It is known for using non-portable C++ syntax, which makes it difficult to port it to free programming environments like Cygwin or Mingw.

Lately MFC is de-emphasized by Microsoft in favour of the .NET runtime.

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