Building on Windows from scratch - follow up

John Ralls jralls at
Tue Apr 29 16:49:12 EDT 2014

On Apr 29, 2014, at 1:14 PM, Wm Tarr <wm.tarr at> wrote:

> On 28/04/2014 21:01, John Ralls wrote:
>> On Apr 28, 2014, at 12:27 PM, Christian Stimming <christian at> wrote:
>>> Am Montag, 28. April 2014, 18:56:48 schrieb Geert Janssens:
>>>>> For wild, not even in the oven yet, for the very long term, how about
>>>>> "build GC native in MSVC"?
>>>> :
>>>> :) Would require a copy of MSVC of course.
>>> Yeah, but this doesn't have to be costly: For our purposes, the free (as in
>>> beer) "Express" editions of MS Visual Studio are just fine. Prefer the 2012 or
>>> 2013 variant over any older version. You still need a MS Windows OS, though.
>> IIRC for those versions it needs to be Vista or later, and for 2013 might be Win7 or later.
> What would the advantage be in compiling with MSVC ?

Not having to deal with MinGW. Being able to debug in the MSVS debugger and to use the other MSVS tools.

John Ralls

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