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Organizing Source Files

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I have a problem in VC++ 2010. I wanna be able to put a bunch of source code files cpp and h into a folder, and not have it in the same directory as the solution, which is by default. Everytime I tried it keeps saying it couldnt find the file because no such file exists, even though i added the existing files into the project. I even tried creating a new project. Same thing. It always wants the files in the same directory as the solution. Is there a project property I need to change? Thanks in advance

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Do i have to type the entire path over in Additional Include Directories? There must a small macro that has the solution path that I can follow with "\Source Code\Header Files\" That way if the project gets moved or transfered, or even if I share the project, its not fixed in one directory
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nvm I figured it out. Never heard of $(SolutionDir) before. And after some playing around over in Additional Include Directories, this did the trick so I can put my headers in whatever folders I want within my solution directory:

$(SolutionDir)Source Code\Header Files

Thats all I was trying to ask for, and it was a pain to find in Google for this answer. But thanks for trying guys.

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I'd generally prefer the ProjectDir (which also seems to be the "default" as in "what your path is relative to if you don't specify anything). Nothing more frustrating than adding a project as a dependency to a different solution and having all your paths fall apart.

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nvm I figured it out. Never heard of $(SolutionDir) before. And after some playing around over in Additional Include Directories, this did the trick so I can put my headers in whatever folders I want within my solution directory:

$(SolutionDir)Source Code\Header Files

Thats all I was trying to ask for, and it was a pain to find in Google for this answer. But thanks for trying guys.

 

The reason that's hard to find, is because it's usually a bad idea to do that.

 

Firstly, if you organise your code into several different directories, you usually want those directories to form part of the #include line. Otherwise you'll run into trouble if you ever end up with similarly-named headers in different directories.

 

Secondly, you usually want files to be found relative to the project, not the solution - because projects are designed to be shared across multiple solutions. If you use $(SolutionDir) then that is going to break if you attempt to reuse that project in a different solution. You'd have to copy everything across, which means you lose many of the benefits of sharing code.

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