The beta programme for Solaris Studio 12.4 has opened. So download the bits and take them for a spin!
There's a whole bunch of features - you can read about them in the what's new document, but I just want to pick a couple of my favourites:
- C++ 2011 support. If you've not read about it, C++ 2011 is a big change. There's a lot of stuff that has gone into it - improvements to the Standard library, lambda expressions etc. So there is plenty to try out. However, there are some features not supported in the beta, so take a look at the what's new pages for C++
- Improvements to the Performance Analyzer. If you regularly read my blog, you'll know that this is the tool that I spend most of my time with. The new version has some very cool features; these might not sound much, but they fundamentally change the way you interact with the tool: an overview screen that helps you rapidly figure out what is of interest, improved filtering, mini-views which show more slices of the data on a single screen, etc. All of these massively improve the experience and the ease of using the tool.
There's a couple more things. If you try out features in the beta and you want to suggest improvements, or tell us about problems, please use the forums. There is a forum for the compiler and one for the tools.
Oh, and watch this space. I will be writing up some material on the new features....