You might already know this, but this is for those of you that want to compile extra-fast on your multi-core beast. Bet you didn’t know that by default, most versions of Visual Studio do NOT use multi-core compiling. So, to turn it on, do this in visual studio:
Tools > Options > Projects and Solutions > Build and Run > maximum number of parallel project builds
Set this to the number of cores you have (or the number of cores you have -1 if you want to do things on your desktop while compiling extra-big things).
To see if it’s working, when you compile, in the compiler output window at the bottom you should see each line prefixed by a number like this:
Those prefix numbers tell you which ‘core’ the message is coming from. I find this speeds up your compile times dramatically – especially on large projects. Give it a try!