free Win compiler, was: Re: [PD] Newbie with some questions

Olaf Matthes olaf.matthes at
Thu Oct 23 12:09:20 CEST 2003

Frank Barknecht schrieb:
> Hallo,
> Hans-Christoph Steiner hat gesagt: // Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> > I have started trying to port parts of Pd to MinGW.  It would be great
> > if ultimately all of Pd would compile in MinGW so that Windows devs
> > would have to buy (or ahem, "buy") a compiler.
> "would not"?
> That would be great, as I do have acces to windows machines, of
> course, but I cannot and don't want to install expensive or software
> that I, ahem, "buyed" there, to compile my externals for other users.

You could try Microsoft .NET Framework SDK which is free (!) and can be
downloaded somewhere on the Microsoft web site....
I haven't tried it since I have VC++ but it is said to include
everything one needs to compile ones own software. Not shure whether
this is a joke!?

See here:

On is says:

"Unbelievably, the Microsoft Visual C/C++ command line compiler, along
with C#, VB.NET and JScript.NET, appears to be available from Microsoft
for download for free. (Note that if you use the Opera web browser to go
to this URL, set Opera to pretend that it is Mozilla (just hit F12 and
select Mozilla 5.0), otherwise Microsoft's web server will redirect you
to a dummy page. Their browser detection script, which serves different
pages to different browsers, is broken.) You will also need to download
the Microsoft Platform SDK which contains the Windows headers and
libraries for the compilers. The command line compiler is the same one
that comes with the commercial Visual C++ Standard, which means that it
does not have an optimizer (or at least, not the optimizer that ships
with the Professional version that comes with MSDN)."


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