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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Re: win32 makefile generator?
Date Wed, 05 Aug 1998 08:39:40 GMT

In article <> you wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Aug 1998, Ralf S. Engelschall wrote:

>> Just one simple question because I'm still confused by the Win32 stuff we
>> have: What exactly is the benefit from using DevStudio stuff instead of plain
>> Makefiles for this M$ "nmake" program as under Unix? The GUI?  I mean,
>> wouldn't it be sufficient to just have Makefile.nt files? What do we
>> gain from using these huge amount of .mak, .dsp files? Please forgive
>> my ignorance here.

> Because stuff like updating dependencies, using the debugger, etc. are a
> royal pain if you can't load it into visual studio.  

> Besides, if we hope to get more "nt-nt" developers then we need to let
> them use the tools they are used to; this way we only have to maintain the
> visual studio stuff, then the makefile can be automatically generated from
> that.

Ahhh.. that's the point. Thanks for making it clear to me.

                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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