Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of ImprovingLifeOnWindows


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Timestamp:
Aug 19, 2009 9:21:23 AM (12 years ago)
Author:
Adam Roben
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Moved some content to MakingTheWindowsBuildSystemMoreMaintainable

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    2323The `WebKitOutputDir` and `WebKitLibrariesDir` environment variables have to be set to be able to build inside Visual Studio. We should set these automatically as part of running `update-webkit` (maybe by tickling `HKCU\Environment` directly). This would fix BuildingOnWindows#WebKitLibrariesDir and obviate BuildingOnWindows#BuildingfromwithinVisualStudio.
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    25 == Use `.vsprops` files more ==
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    27 `.vsprops` files allow us to reduce setting duplication within and between `.vcproj` files. Using `.vsprops` files more would make it easier and less error-prone to modify the Windows build files.
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    29 == Consolidate or eliminate Release and Debug `.def` files ==
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    31 A common build mistake is to only update the Release or only update the Debug `.def` file for JavaScriptCore or WebKit. By consolidating these files we could eliminate this kind of error. Consolidation would probably require the use of a script, which would unfortunately make the build more complicated, but the extra complexity might be worth the reduction in user-error.
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    33 Another option would be to eliminate the `.def` files completely by using `__declspec(dllexport)` and `__declspec(dllimport)`.
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    3525== Make "Clean Solution" clean everything ==
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    3727"Clean Solution" in Visual Studio currently leaves behind lots of files, such as autogenerated bindings, so the next build isn't really "clean". We should make "Clean Solution" really clean everything.
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    39 == Switch to using `gyp` ==
     29== Make the build system more maintainable ==
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    41 [http://code.google.com/p/gyp/ gyp] is a project-file-generation tool that can be used to generate `.vcproj` and `.sln` files (and `.xcodeproj`, etc.). It has a much easier to read format than `.vcproj`, and might be more easily modified by hand than `.vcproj` files. The Chromium port is already using `gyp`, so we'd have some extra help in maintaining the files (assuming we could share `gyp` files with them). If we switched Mac to using `gyp`, too, then we'd really reduce the likelihood of someone forgetting to add a new file to a `.vcproj`.
     31See MakingTheWindowsBuildSystemMoreMaintainable.
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    4333= Running/Debugging =