MS Visual Studio project manager

Simon Drouin sdrouin at
Mon Jul 25 15:24:05 UTC 2005

JeDi wrote:

>I know I'm going to get a lot of critics about this, but I'm going to
>attempt to provide a MS Visual Studio project manager for kdevelop.
>We, a software development research centre in Belgium, write a lot of
>windows/linux cross-compatible source code. In windows, we use Visual
>Studio 2005 (beta2 for the moment), and in linux we use kdevelop. At
>the moment, we use the qmake manager for the linux builds (too much
>overhead in automake & friends).
>We want to eliminate the burdon of managing two seperate project
>environments. I haven't investigated the visual studio SDK yet, but I
>guess that the .sln and .vcproj files are the only way to go in visual
>studio. As kdevelop does provide the possibility to create and use a
>whole new project management system, my idea is to use the .vcproj
>files (and maybe the .sln files) directly in kdevelop.
>My questions, as I'm not very familiar with the kdevelop code yet:
>- Do you guys think this would be possible? In a nice way? I want to
>parse and edit the parts of the (xml based) .vcproj files that I can,
>and don't alter / delete the parts I'm unable to parse (yet).
>- What would be the best way to do this? I know a new project
>management part is being made for kdevelop, but is it used already?
>I've read somewhere that the qmake manager is being rewritten for the
>new design, but is it finished? And being used?
>- Can you point me in the direction of the documentation and parts of
>the API-docs that I should look at?
Before you start anything, have a look at cmake. This build tool can 
generate Visual Studio projects under windows and makefiles/kdevelop 
projects under linux while being easier to use than automake & friends. 
If you have time to spend on that, I would enhance cmake support in 

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