Setting up Visual C++ for Maglev programming

This article shows you step by step how to configure the Microsoft Visual C++ for developing Maglev applications in a Windows environment. 

In brief, the only thing you need to do is to tell the VC++ where the Maglev files are, as shown below (Here we use Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition as example.)

1. Modify the default project settings 

To start, launch Microsoft Visual C++ but DO NOT OPEN ANY PROJECT/SOLUTION

Go to "Tools > Options…". 

Select "Projects and Solutions > VC++ Directories".  On the right panel, select "Include files" in the "Show directories for" drop-down box (highlighted in pink).

 

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 Click on the "Add New Directory" icon and then enter the location of the Maglev head files.

Repeat the above steps and add the location of "mlhi_api_win32.lib" to the list of "Library files".

 

2. Link to the Maglev library

So far, you are almost done.  There is only one more step: to link the Maglev library file into your project.  Now you can create a new project, for example, an empty console application as shown below.

 

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Next, go to "Project > Properties".

First of all, select "All Configurations" from the "Configuration" drop-down box so that the changes you make will be applied to both the Debug and Release configurations.

Next, select "Configuration properties > Linker > Input" from the navigation panel on the left.

Finally, type "mlhi_api_win32.lib" in "Additional Dependencies" and click OK.

 

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3. To verify that VC++ has been properly configured, you may try to compile the "sine_motion" demo.  Since you have already created a project/solution for building a console application, right-click "Source Files>Add>Existing Item…" and then add "sine_motion.c" into the current project. Press F7 and the project should be successfully complied.