Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stanford CS106 Lib and VS2008 Express

The CS106B is a great CS Stanford course available online (iTunes e.g.) in video and for free. All assignments and the course itself use an in-house developed library (not sure if it has a name, cslib, cs106 lib, dunno) available in all of the assignment zips as well as installable with the Xcode/VS2005 wizard installs. The problem - the VS custom wizard will install on VS2005 only (could be that a newer version exists but I couldn't find one). So how to port the VS wizard to VS2008 Express?
- I got the 2005 custom wizard setup, PCLibs-VS2005-ADT-Installer.zip and used a small tool , the LessMSIerables in order to extract the contents of the msi file. The msi contains four folders with all the stuff needed to create a new custom wizard. So, the tool extracted the following:

SourceDir
|- Includes Folder
|- Library Folder
|- Project Folder
|- Wizard Folder

- Now some copying:
1. The CS106CPPInc folder inside the 'Includes Folder' goes to
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\include (as a subfolder!)
2. 'Library Folder'\CS106CPPLib.lib goes to
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\lib
3. 'Wizard Folder\AppWiz\CS106 Assignment Wizard' to
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\VCWizards\AppWiz
(meaning CS106... should appear as a sub-folder of AppWiz)
4. The three files in 'Project Folder' will go into
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\Express\VCProjects\Stanford. One of those three files, the CS106 Assignment Wizard.vsz, needs to be edited (a text file) and its second line should become:

Wizard=VsWizard.VsWizardEngine.9.0

You should now have a new group in the VS project wizard list, Stanford plus one item in that group (our project wizard).
Problem: you will get some warning LNK4204 when linking (complaining about missing vc80.pdb), I don't think we could do anything about those (even if we change the pdb file name to vc80.pdb), suggestions on this one highly appreciated!

12 comments:

  1. Don't have "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\Express\VCProjects\", but I have

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\VCProjects\", it worked as well. Thanks so much!

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  2. you might be interested in
    http://www.stanford.edu/class/cs106b/
    which is very similar and comes with vs2008 ready files :)

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  3. thanks, it really works well and has been examined by cs106b 2010 assignment1

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  4. hey Dealga, thanks for the update, its just that at the time of my writing the Express was not supported..

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  5. I am using windows 7 and VS 2005 ( I install both of recommented service packs 1 . I cannot install the library for CS106 course on my PC. I do as the instruction, but after extract .MSI file by LessMSIerables, I get only one folder.
    Please give me some advice.
    Truly appreciate.

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  6. Maybe you could try the blank project? http://www.stanford.edu/class/cs106b/materials/blank-pc-project.zip

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  7. This is good stuff. But I had no idea that the newer CS106B files supported VS2008 Express.

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  8. after a lot of wondering around finally i found out about your blog... This has been such a pain that i can't get over the simple fact i was not able to run a compiler jsut to compiler some code. you have been a life saver. though i agree there is a new version available and other stuff but to the examples on the code it was nice............

    Many thanks to you man

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  9. Any advice to get this to work in VS C++ 2010 Express? I am able to get the new project wizard, but VS program crashes after the name your project step.

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  10. Hello Dani, I did everything you mention, but I get an error whenever I choose the Stanford Wizard:

    In the lower part there's this message being displayed: "Creating project Blank...Project creation failed." Did you ever encounter this problem? Thanks for sharing this workaround!

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