Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Building Native 64-bits Boost Library

I started using 64-bits Vista recently and I thought it made sense to make a native 64-bits build my favourite C++ library too.

My first attempt was a complete failure because I naively thought all I have to do is to run the bjam in Visual Studio 64-bits Tools Command Prompt. It turned out this only builds a regular 32-bits Boost library.

After some Googling and reading forum posts, I found some useful information in the Boost.Build document. Apparently, Boost does support building 64-bits target and what I end up doing is to specify the architecture and address-mode flags when running the bjam.

c:\boost_1_38_0>bjam ^
More? --toolset=msvc ^
More? --build-type=complete ^
More? architecture=x86 address-model=64 ^
More? stage

then I installed the library by

c:\boost_1_38_0>bjam ^
More? --toolset=msvc ^
More? --build-type=complete ^
More? architecture=x86 address-model=64 ^
More? install

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Installing the WTL Application Wizard in Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition

I love Google Chrome, it is fast, elegant and beautiful. After I realized that it was written using WTL, I felt quite keen to learn about this library.

I downloaded WTL 8.0 from SourceForge.net and Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition from Microsoft.com only to realise that there is no WTL Wizard support for Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition.

WTL 8.0 ships with WTL/ATL application wizard but the setup script only supports the Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition (setup80x.js). However, the good news is that you can make it work with Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition in few simple steps:

  1. Make a copy of the setup80x.js and rename it to setup90x.js.
  2. Open setup90x.js up and do a global search and replace from “8.0” to “9.0”.
  3. Save the file and execute it.

If you are as lucky as I am, you should see a dialog that tells you that the wizard has been successfully installed.


Now, when you run Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition and go File –> New –> Project… you should now see the new WTL/ATL Application Wizard.


For some reason when I tried to create a new solution from the wizard, the generated code doesn’t compile. It gives me the following error:

stdafx.h(33) : error C2065: '_stdcallthunk' : undeclared identifier

To fix this problem I had to manually add this include:

#include <atlstdthunk.h>

into the generated stdafx.h, right after this line

#include <atlbase.h>

This worked on my machine anyway :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Updating .config Files from Visual Studio Setup Project

To open Web.config from within a web setup project:

string path = Context.Parameters["assemblypath"];
path = path.Substring(0, path.LastIndexOf(
path = Path.Combine(path, "Web.config");
var config = 

To open App.config from within a setup project:

var map = new ExeConfigurationFileMap();
map.ExeConfigFilename = 
    Context.Parameters["assemblypath"] + ".config";
var config = 
        map, ConfigurationUserLevel.None);

To update settings in .config files

// update connection strings
var cs = config.ConnectionStrings;
cs.ConnectionStrings["cs1"].ConnectionString = 
    BuildConnectionString(host, user, pass);

// update app settings
var appSettings = config.AppSettings;
appSettings.Settings["key"].Value = "new value";   

Finally, to save the .config file changes