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From: Reece Dunn (msclrhd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-01 10:37:05

I am currently working on providing a toolset to allow IDL files to be
compiled. I have a simple version up and running, but it has several

[1] It is dependant on msidl - I am considering extending it to support
others like a CORBA IDL compiler.

[2] The Microsoft version of midl is dependant on cl for preprocessing, so
needs a similar prefixing system if using the msvc toolset. I haven't tested
with Borland and am unsure about others like CodeWarrior and GCC.

NOTE: It might be useful to import the prefixing logic so other tools (e.g.
RC and IDL) can utelize it without the need for specific handlers for the
tools when using prefixed toolsets. I use the term "prefixed toolsets" here
because the Metrowerks toolset (CodeWarrior X) also requires prefixing
logic. Generalizing the prefix might help when it comes to supporting the
CodeWarrior toolset:
msvc -- prefix = [path]/vcvars32.bat
mwcw -- prefix = ...
* -- prefix = ""

[3] There is very little support for configurability at the moment in terms
of options/flags supported.


I am also considering writing tools for the .NET framework, including ILAsm,
C#, VB.NET and JScript.NET. Is there any interest in this?

As an aside to this, are there any plans to add options to support .NET/CLR
in the VC++ toolset?


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