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 Post subject: How to set up plugin development on Windows
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:36 am 
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I am totally at a loss here - I am trying to get my Windows XP 2 system set up so that I can compile plugins with it.

I do not have the extra money to purchase Visual Studio, but it appears that I should be able to use the VS C++ Express editition, which is free.

So I've downloaded the 2008 C++ Express edition, the Express Library and the samples. I can launch the IDE but I cannot get even the "helloapp" sample built. (The first obstacle was that even the installer for the Samples had run, it did not make the samples available yet - took me a while to detect that it only created a Samples folder with a .zip file inside it! I had to manually unzip that - WTF?!)

When I try to build any sample, it says that it compiled 0 and skipped 1 file. When I open the cpp file directly and try to compile it, I get an error msg box simply saying "The operation could not be completed". No other info. When starting the IDE for the first time, there was also no info that I have had to install any further libs such as the "Express Library". What a horrible experience this is.

Is anyone using this configuration at all?

Can someone guide me how to set this up? I guess I'm missing some more non-obvious setup steps.

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 Post subject: Re: How to set up plugin development on Windows
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:30 pm 
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I've never used VS Express before, but I've heard rumblings that it should be possible to use to make plugins. I've read via google searches that you have to download and install the Platform SDK before you're allowed to build DLLs with express -- have you tried that?


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 Post subject: Re: How to set up plugin development on Windows
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:24 pm 
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Aaron Ballman wrote:
I've never used VS Express before, but I've heard rumblings that it should be possible to use to make plugins. I've read via google searches that you have to download and install the Platform SDK before you're allowed to build DLLs with express -- have you tried that?

Not yet. But since I can't even build a normal "hello world" app, I think I have other problems there.

I also found that I should download and install the Windows SDK, and so I got a 6.0a and a 6.1 installed. However, when I run its configurator (to choose which SDK I want to use), it complains that it can't find an installed Visual Studio. But clearly I've installed the C++ Express version. And I also found on the MSDN forum an official looking post that says that all I need for Windows development is those two items I've installed - it explicitly mentions the C++ Express version I have.

So there might be something else wrong with my Windows installation. I guess I'll have to go down the path of last resort - re-install Windows. Oh gods!

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