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Posted 27 Jul 2003

Build Manager AddIn [VC 6.0]

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Enhancement of the AutoBld sample AddIn
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Sometimes development projects grow huge. You might have multiple workspaces with project dependencies and pragma-linking requiring a specific build order.

This little AddIn lets you define an arbitrary build order for your projects.


The code is based on the sample AddIn called AutoBld that comes with VC6. The main enhancement is that you now can change the build order for each project whereas the AutoBld AddIn only allows to set up a build order for Workspaces.


Simply put the binary into your %MSDevDir%\AddIns folder and enable it in the Tools | Customize | AddIns & Macros dialog.


The AddIn installs a toolbar with two icons.

The first button "Configure" opens the configuration dialog:

Configuration Dialog

The configuration dialog lets you specify mail settings to execute when a project or configuration has finished building. You can also chose to close DevStudio, Log off or shut the computer down after all comfigurations have finished building.

Through the "Projects To Build" you can specify the projects that will be built for each configuration. That is also where you can set up the order in which the projects will be built.

Projects Dialog

The second button "Run" lets you choose the build settings:

Build Dialog

Chose the build type and enable the configurations you wish to build, then hit OK to start the build process. 


There is one subtlety to the implementation: After the Build command is issued to DevStudio via its IApplication interface you can watch the output window and see that the project has long finished building. Nevertheless, DevStudio won't send the BuildFinished event - no matter how long you wait. The current implementation tries to force the dispatching of the BuildFinish event by re-issuing the Build command for the "hung" project. If anyone could point me to a better strategy I would surely appreciate it.


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GeneralNice tool. Pin
kranthikrl8-Oct-03 13:36
memberkranthikrl8-Oct-03 13:36 
Its a pretty nice addin. I have a senario where i need to compile around 50 workspaces at once. This helps me a lot. But, Smile | :) , is there a way where i can copy all the .exe, .dll built into a common directory?
It would save me time going through all the 50 release directories and copy the files manually.
GeneralRe: Nice tool. Pin
Roman Keskenti [SmoCoder]9-Oct-03 7:57
memberRoman Keskenti [SmoCoder]9-Oct-03 7:57 
GeneralMicrosoft eMebedded Visual C++ 3.0 support Pin
Serge R29-Jul-03 3:41
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QuestionHow about time schedule? Pin
Paul Selormey28-Jul-03 15:06
memberPaul Selormey28-Jul-03 15:06 
AnswerRe: How about time schedule? Pin
Roman Keskenti [SmoCoder]29-Jul-03 2:28
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QuestionEmail ? Pin
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