CCH: I finally found time to start playing with Pritpal Bedi's Harbour + WVG. His distro came with xMate. In the beginning, I was a bit stumped on how to use xMate and then I clicked on Online Manua and this is what I got :-
xMate is intended to be primarily used with [x]Harbour and Clipper compiler, to create, manage, update, and build the software development projects.
It is aimed at building Windows oriented software, be it GUI or console applications and libraries.
Getting started fast
You can start creating and managing your new and existing projects within seconds, provided that your compilers are installed in default directories with the default directory tree and all necessary files are in places.
Initially you just need to verify if the environments that you have are suited to your project, and that the installations paths as described in the environment reflect the installation on your computer. This and potentially any further maintenance of the environments needs to be done only once. When done, you will never need to return to those more technical aspects of xMate.
The sample environments that xMate is shipped with, should be ready to use unaltered on most systems. Please refer to the Environment Configuration topic for detailed help of the xMate environments.
Once the environments are confirmed. All you need to do is to provide the name and location Of your project (s) and drop all the project files into the project configuration window, click on“Build and Run” button, and your application will come to life in seconds.
It is that simple.
The big advantage of xmate is that its project and environment files are portable, and can be transferred from one PC to another, together with the project files, and continue working correctly.