Hi Gil,

that is very good news. I spoke to Rony after the symposium and we both think 
that it would be good if we had some extra examples, including up-to-date 
makefiles for building external functions (and maybe even environments) in the 
source code base. Bonus points for those who succeed in delivering a 
CMakelists.txt that correctly generates makefiles for the platform.

Could you proceed with that in mind? Also, it would be good if the official 
documentation mentions the building process.

btw, Community Edition generally just means that this is the one that is free. 
It is up to date with the other packaging of the same version, but it might 
miss features that the commercial editions have. 

best regards,


> On 17 sep. 2016, at 19:29, Gil Barmwater <gbarmwa...@alum.rpi.edu> wrote:
> Success!  I have now been able to build and run Rony's examples from 
> last year's Symposium.  Here is what I did to get there.
> Having discovered that my Visual Studio Express installation was 
> incomplete(!), I decided to "start over" rather than try to "fix" it.  I 
> uninstalled Visual Studio from Control Panel -> Programs and Features.  
> There were messages about third party installers possibly leaving items 
> still installed but I did not see anything obvious.  There were items 
> that had the same date as when I had installed Visual Studio but they 
> might have just been updates so I did not uninstall them.  In any case, 
> they did not affect what I did next.
> I went back to Rene's presentation and clicked on the link he supplied 
> for Visual Studio Community.  This seems to be the most recent free MS 
> Visual Studio product and, although Express is still supported, I 
> suspect future support will be concentrated on Community.  And I wanted 
> to be sure that the ooRexx project would build correctly (when I get to 
> that point) with the newest free Visual Studio.  I selected the custom 
> install and picked just one item under Programming Languages - Visual 
> C++/Common Tools.  I also selected the Tools (1.4.1) & Windows 10 SDK 
> under Windows and Web/Universal Windows Application Development because 
> I seem to remember comments on this list in the past to the effect that 
> it was needed for something (perhaps debugging?).  So I only had two 
> items checked in the custom dialog.  The install process started and as 
> packages finished downloading, they were installed in parallel. Even so, 
> the download portion took over an hour and then the remaining installs 
> and updates took another hour!  Glad I didn't select anything else from 
> the menu!
> I located the "shortcut" for a command prompt which would run the 
> VCVArsAll.bat and it ran successfully so I knew I now had the C++ tools 
> I needed.  I then found the full path name to that .bat file and put it 
> in a short .cmd file in the folder where I had put the source for Rony's 
> examples.  When I ran the that .cmd file and then the NMAKE command he 
> documented in his presentation, the DLLs were built and I ran the 4 test 
> cases he supplied without error.
> The next step for me is to experiment with writing my own native methods 
> to be sure I understand all the parts I need - a .cpp file, a .def file 
> and a makefile - to get a DLL I can reference from a ::method statement.
> So it will be a while before I am ready to get all the other tools to 
> attempt to build ooRexx from an SVN checkout.  I'll post again when I'm 
> at that point.
> -- 
> Gil Barmwater
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