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Updating to VS2010

Posted by Jason Z, 09 September 2011 · 241 views

I have wanted to update to Visual Studio 2010 for Hieroglyph for quite some time. Ultimately, several people asked for VS2010 support on the codeplex website, so I finally took the time to convert the projects from VS2008. That, plus I had a long layover when flying back from Spain, so I had to do something... (as a side note, developing on a netbook is somewhat less than optimal).

The Visual Studio 2010 IDE has been on my development machines for some time, but I haven't really used it too much until now. I am actually quite enamored with it, and I like the way that certain things have been improved. For one, the minimal compilation error highlighting is a very nice addition - I like it much better than the eclipse style highlighting, which basically turns the whole screen red as soon as you start typing a new line of code...

There was a little extra work needed to set up the include files and directories, since they now have to be performed for each project file instead of once for the complete IDE. With the removal of the boost dependency that I mentioned last time, the only requirements to build are to have the DXSDK installed, and have a copy of VS2010. In the end, I think this is a good update and should allow the majority of users to build the library without any problems.

In addition to making the update to VS2010, I also incorporated the Lua projects directly into the Hieroglyph3 solution. This makes the build process much more integrated, and sets the pieces in place for introducing x86 and x64 build configurations. I'm actually quite happy to be back to developing the framework again, and look to continue making progress over the coming weeks!




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