Posted by Chris Maunder
Sunday, June 4, 2000 6:00pm
Confused reports from MS suggest different futures for the cool new library
The Windows Template Library (WTL) is a Godsend for those wishing to write Win32 GUIs without using MFC. Recent reports suggest that Microsoft's release of WTL was a mistake and that WTL will be removed from circulation. In an interview with Tony Goodhew, Microsoft's Visual C++ 7 Technical Product Manager, and Bill Dunlap, Microsoft's Visual Studio 7 Lead Product Manager by O'Reilly Windows Programming editor John Osborn, the following statement was made:
'WTL is code that was released unsupported and we have no intention of updating it. We have no intention of continuing its availability. Frankly, it should never have been released and it will be removed from the platform SDK at the time of the next SDK revision.'
However, posts to the ATL mailing list suggest otherwise. Nenad Stefanovic of Microsoft posted the following:
'The truth is that WTL is not part of the Visual C++ now. There are no changes to its status in the Platform SDK - it will continue to ship, and the new version will be available. I don't know why is Tony saying what he said, maybe you can ask him.'
Support for WTL has been overwhelming with many believing Microsoft would have to be crazy to pull such a popular library. Even though WTL is officially undocumented, many developers such as Ben Burnett are taking steps to remedy this situation.