Monday, November 21, 2005

Day 202

First day working with my co-conspirator on the one of the work-like things that have shown up (let's call it Project X). Most of the day seemed to involve downloading and installing various things to try to get a Windows development environment up and running. On the one hand, the official Visual Studio products seem stunningly expensive, particularly given that I'm used to developing on various Unix platforms. On the other hand, it does seem to be possible to dig up a bare bones compiler and linker, debugger, collection of headers and libraries and an IDE for free.

[Edit: Also, it turns out that the .NET framework is also needed, if only for cvtres.exe.]

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Visual Studio is a lot more expensive in the UK ...

galloglass said...

Yeah, most things are more expensive here. It's actually not as bad as it used to be—until the last few years, most tech things were the same price in dollars and pounds, even when the exchange rate was up at 1.8 or 1.9. I guess it's one more thing to be thankful for about the Internet—I think that being able to compare prices on the .com and co.uk versions of websites has levelled things up.