Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

Microsoft has released a free version of it’s Visual C++ 2005 compiler:

If you decide to install it, make sure you install the Platform SDK
and follow all the instructions to enable compiling Win32 API programs:

Here’s how to build SDL with Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition:

  1. Download and unpack the latest CVS snapshot:
  2. Unpack into the current folder. If you accidentally
    create a subfolder, move the VisualC folder in the subfolder back
    into the top level of the SDL-1.2 folder.
  3. Open the SDL solution in the VisualC directory.
  4. Allow Visual C++ to convert the project to the latest version.
  5. Remove the Version.rc resource from the project.
  6. Build!

-Sam Lantinga, Senior Software Engineer, Blizzard Entertainment