Compiling Winboard 4.8 using Visual Studio 2019

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Compiling Winboard 4.8 using Visual Studio 2019

Postby danzman » 04 Sep 2020, 02:40

Has anybody tried using VS2019 in compiling WB? If successful, how was it done? I am new to Visual Studio. I have been a programmer for over 20 years but have worked mostly with Fortran and Pascal. If I can compile WB with VS2019, I can then add some functionality with WB. I have also developed an electronic chessboard which I plan to use with WB: I can easily decipher WB and make it compatible with the chessboard.
I tried compiling WB but ran into errors. Can anybody point me the way to compile it?
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Re: Compiling Winboard 4.8 using Visual Studio 2019

Postby H.G.Muller » 09 Sep 2020, 18:17

I always use gcc under Cygwin to compile WinBoard. Although I once tried MinGW, and that worked too. (But I could not use the makefile, and had to enter the commands by hand.) I never tried with a MicroSoft compiler. We used to support that, through a project file in the source distro. But we haven't had a VS user in the development team for a long time, to update it. So it probably doesn't work anymore.

What kind of errors do you get?

Btw, for interfacing with an electronic chessboard I would prefer to have the driver code not in the WinBoard executable itself, but as an independent program that would communicate with the GUI like an engine. (I.e. as a pseudo-engine.) If this would limit what the board can do, I would rather extend the communication protocol than integrate the code into WinBoard. A modular approach is much more versatile, as the pseudo-engine could also be used under other GUIs.
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