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From Marc Slemko <>
Subject Re: win32 makefile generator?
Date Wed, 05 Aug 1998 06:43:11 GMT
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

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