microsoft_craziness.h (2018)

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  • GitHub repo vswhere

    Locate Visual Studio 2017 and newer installations

    / // This file was about 400 lines before we started adding these comments. // You might think that's way too much code to do something as simple // as finding a few library and executable paths. I agree. However, // Microsoft's own solution to this problem, called "vswhere", is a // mere EIGHT THOUSAND LINE PROGRAM, spread across 70 files, // that they posted to github unironically. // // I am not making this up: https://github.com/Microsoft/vswhere

  • GitHub repo builder

    Simple build system for Visual C++ (by janivanecky)

    As far as I now, this version is slightly outdated. The latest version that I'm aware of is version 2.

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  • GitHub repo win32metadata

    Tooling to generate metadata for Win32 APIs in the Windows SDK.

    Why would you require Visual Studio for that? Visual Studio is required if you want the IDE or Microsoft's C++ toolchain. If you want to interface with the operating system itself you use the Windows SDK (or something like https://github.com/microsoft/win32metadata)

  • GitHub repo zig

    General-purpose programming language and toolchain for maintaining robust, optimal, and reusable software.

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