Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Harbour Ready-to-use : Pritpal Bedi


This is Harbour's ready-to-use distibution planned to be released once in a month including the changes committed to SVN till the date of release. This is not the rule. I may post more than once in a month if there are major commits and/or some important feature is added/modified.

This distro is aimed at newbies who find it difficult to start with Harbour though everybody can take advantage to the maximum.

Please note that this is not an official release. So you may expect bumps here-and-there. My efforts will focus on the facts that release maintain a standard to let the applns compile properly.

Every release will bear the "Revision No" and "Date" in its setup name as -
HarbourDev_10523_2009-03-04.exe which will facilitate to identify upto which commit this release contain.

The tree structure ( outlined below ) can be used for production level development scenario. It contains batch files to get Harbour binaries
from SVN tree for four compilers. As you can now compile your applns with different compilers, this enhances your productivity level to judge which compiler is giving you the fastest and optimum appln.

To keep the tasks simple, I am assuming drive "C" the development drive where Harbour SVN tree and "harbour_dev" tree is hosted. All paths in the
batch files and xMate project files points to c:\harbour and C:\harbour_dev.

This distribution includes only binaries. Please download SVN tree if you need sources or want to play with the latest commits. It is not necessary
for your applications.

In case you decide to have latest SVN binaries then host it on drive C as module name "harbour". Then invoke one of the makegnu_*.bat, depending
on the compiler of your choice. It will place harbour binaries in respective subfolder of "c:\harbour_dev".

This distribution includes MINGW compiler under c:\harbour_dev\mingw folder as its root. So one is able to build appln for this compiler without any extra effort. You can download other compilers and place them in respective folders in c:\harbour_dev, i.e., Borland's BCC under c:\harbour_dev\bcc ( no suffix after bcc ), Sybase's Open Watcom under c:\harbour_dev\watcom, Microsoft's Visual C++ under c:\harbour_dev\msvc. Once installed, just invole respective makegnu_*.bat. Harbour binaries will be in place.

As I has been working with xMate since its birth way back in 2004, I have choosen it to be Project Builder for this distribution. You are free to deploy whatever you are accustomed to.

As a demo appln I have selected harbour/contrib/gtwvg/tests/demowvg.prg. This demo unfolds Harbour power in depth plus different ways one can employ to migrate his/her Clipper applications to GUI world strating with
intermediatery semi GUI proto and culminating to pure GUI proto. This demo also deploys the in-development Xbase++ Parts clone whaich may attract your attention. Moreoever, this demo demonstrates MT ( multi-threading ) and multi-window GT which can be a big productivity boost right from the begining.

Following is the tree structure this disto contains.



* distro tree
* tree
* tree
* tree

*.files | folders
wvgBCC.env ( tied with demowvgBCC.xhp )
wvgMSVC.env ( tied with demowvgMSVC.xhp )
wvgMINGW.env ( tied with demowvgMINGW.xhp )
wvgWATCOM.env ( tied with demowvgWATCOM.xhp )


* folders


# All together - it is a better design

# All together of by project
May be it is dependant on other resource files

ChangeLog ( Harbour SVN ChangeLog : Binaries Upto : Top Few Lines )

make.exe ( mingw32-make.exe )

bcc32.cfg ( Bcc Compiler Confuration : bcc\bin )
tlink32.cfg ( BCC Linker Configuration : bcc\bin )
wlink.lnk ( Watcom Linker Configuration : watcom\binnt )

[ invoke it to get latest Harbour SVN binaries ]


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