It’s free! Woo!
MicroSoft has woken up to the benefits of a strong “hobbyist” community, and they’re giving away Visual Studio .NET in an “Express” Edition. It will do pretty much everything us home-brew guys want.
There’s a bunch of editions – web, Visual Basic, C++, C#, J#, SQL Server. I grabbed the C++ and C# ones, and then tried to compile Le Putty, which failed spectacularly.
Which turned out to be caused by the “Express” Edition allowing one to build .NET applications, but not Win32 applications. The good news is it’s not been crippled, it just isn’t configured to build Win32 apps out-of-the-box.
So here’s what you do:
Then follow some rather elaborate instructions, keeping in mind that the SDK actually installs in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform SDK\ by default, not C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDK\
Le Putty compiles now, and I can see it crash and have VC++ jump right to the code line where it crashed. Sweet. Still haven’t figured out why it crashes – which is what prompted this whole installation madness – but I will.
Ohhh — I could dig out accrete code again. Be still, my beating heart. Then again — haha, it now exists as an applet! Awesome. Never mind that then.