Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

 
 
The Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 is a free edition of Microsoft's professional Visual C++ optimizing compiler and standard libraries.

The Toolkit can be used to build C++ -based applications, and you may redistribute those applications. Read the End User License Agreement (EULA), included with the Toolkit, for complete details.

The Toolkit installs the following:
  • The Visual C++ command-line compiler and linker, and their dependencies.
  • The Visual C++ C Runtime Library and static-link modules.
  • The Standard C++ Library, including Standard Template library.
  • The Microsoft .NET Framework Common Language Runtime, including library files necessary for building C++ applications that run on the .NET Common Language Runtime.
  • Four samples demonstrating key features of the Visual C++ compiler and libraries.
More information about the Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/visualc/vctoolkit2003/

More information about Visual C and C++ 6.0 can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnanchor/html/vc6anchor.asp

NOTE:
This Toolkit does not contain any IDE. To build any applications you should use the command line and a text editor, such as Notepad.
Instead of using the command line you can setup Eclipse as IDE for Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003.

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Installing Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

Information
none

Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
none


Procedure
  1. Download and install Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 (VCToolkitSetup.exe).
    As an example the toolkit is installed on: C:\Tools\Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

  2. Set the following USER environment variables (NOT SYSTEM environment variables):

    PATH=C:\Tools\Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003\bin;%PATH%
    INCLUDE=C:\Tools\Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003\include;%INCLUDE%
    LIB=C:\Tools\Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003\lib;%LIB%


  3. The Microsoft C++ command line compiler is named CL.EXE. To verify if the Toolkit is installed correctly, open a DOS window and type:

    cl /?

    You should see a list of compiler options displayed:

    Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 13.10.3077 for 80x86
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 1984-2002. All rights reserved.
    :


    Show all Microsoft C/C++ compiler options.



  4. Now you can build a simple C++ application:

    • Create a directory c:\test
    • Create file Demo.cpp
    • Enter the following code in this file:

      #include <iostream>
      using namespace std;

      int main() {
         cout << "This is a demonstration! \n";
         return 0;
      }


    • Compile the application:

      cl /EHsc Demo.cpp

      You should see the following:

      Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 13.10.3077 for 80x86
      Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 1984-2002. All rights reserved.

      demo.cpp
      Microsoft (R) Incremental Linker Version 7.10.3077
      Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

      /out:demo.exe
      demo.obj


  5. To run this application, type:

    demo

    You should see the following:

    This is a demonstration!