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Harbour - Ready_to_Use Distro with IDE
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Pritpal Bedi
2010-06-01 18:01:52 UTC
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WELCOME

This is Harbour's IDE - integrated development
environment - centric, ready-to-use distibution.

You can download it from
http://www.vouch.info/downloads/harbour_dev_setup.exe

This distro is comprised of following parts:

1. Harbour binaries for mingw and bcc.
harbour/bin/*
harbour/include/*
harbour/lib
bcc/*
mingw/*
harbour/doc/*
harbour/contrib/gtwvg/tests/*
harbour/contrib/hbqt/tests/*
/contrib/hbqt/doc/*
harbour/contrib/hbxbp/tests/*
harbour/tests/*
2. Mingw C compiler.
3. hbIDE.
4. Qt's minimum runtime required to link
and execute a hbQT based application.
5. Environment

This distro also provides building-blocks to
experment with hbQT implementation. It is
particularly useful to Xbase++ developers
who are looking for alternatives.

Run the installer, and if possible, follow
the default folder - C:\harbour_dev. It is not
mandatory, just a suggession to keep the structure
simple enough to recognize. You can change the
drive as you wish, and even root folder, but
follow above advice if possible.

After installation is complete, you will have an
entry into the programs folder and also a desktop
icon if you did opted for it. Click any one or
at the end of installation opt for "Run..."

hbIDE's welcome screen should popup in front of you.
To start anything significant, please follow few
simple steps, only once, to setup your environment.

1. Copy {app}env\hbide.env and paste it somewhere.
2. Open pasted copy and change

[ MINGW ]
{content} set IDE_INSTALL=C:\harbour_dev

to

[ MINGW ]
{content} set IDE_INSTALL=C:\somefolder\harbour_dev

assuming you have installed the setup in
C:\somefolder\harbour_dev instead of its default
location.

3. Run hbIDE.
4. Click "Compiler Environment" icon on the right
toolbar and provide the path_to_modified_hbide.env
in "Path to hbIDE env:" field.
5. The contents of this file must show-up.
6. Click "Save and Close" button.
7. That's it. You are ready to build a project.

Let's warm-up with an existing project before starting
some serious work.

1. From <Files> menu select "Open a Project".
2. File open dialog will showup. Navigate to
C:\harbour_dev\contrib\gtwvg\tests, and select
demowvg.hbp.
3. Project will appear in "Projects" tree window
at the left.
4. Right-click on the project name node - Demo WVG -
and from "Select an Environment" menu option
select "MINGW".
5. Again right-click on the project name node and
select "Build and Launch"
6. There you go, if everything is ok, project must
build and you must see demowvg.exe running.
7. Off course you will not see all the images
on the screen, because we have not instructed
this project to "Start in:" proper place, but
WVG console must appear.
8. Quickly add other projects - Demo WVG_XBP.
9. You can also play with demoXBP and demoQT but
for this to happen, you will need to provide
either _path_to_qt_dlls_ as global path which
should be visible to hbIDE or copy
{app}\harbour_dev\Qt\4.6.2\lib\*.dll to
Windows system32 folder or copy in the folder
where demoxbp.exe is residing.

A html compiled help file hbIDE.chm and the same
in PDF format hbIDE.pdf is also included in the
distro. Examine them. These are exactly the same
help which you can find online at
http://hbide.vouch.info/


hbIDE is now mature enough to handle any large
project, but still, please note that this is
not an official release, so you may expect bumps
here-and-there.

This distribution includes only binaries. Please
download SVN tree if you need sources or want to
play with the latest commits. It is not necessary
for your applications.


PROCESS ADOPTED BEFORE BUILDING THIS PACKAGE
- Updated Harbour Sources from SVN
- Build Harbour Binaries for above Compilers
- Compiled and Executed demowvg.prg
- Bundled the Package
- Uploaded to my site
- Downloaded the package on another computer
- Run the Installer
- Compiled and Executed demowvg.prg for each compiler


Enjoy

Pritpal Bedi | a student of software analysis and design

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http://hbide.vouch.info | hbIDE explained.



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