Heh, several months ago my hard drive began making like it was gonna die... (which, frustratingly, seems to happen to me every couple of years...) so I bought a new terabyte one and reinstalled everything...
...except MS won’t accept that I own (and have been legally using) a copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for years
. So I had to settle with an old copy of Win 7 32-bit, and have been just trying to save up a $170 for a copy of Windows 10 64-bit.
(But, money is going to getting my motorcycle out of the shop first... :O)
So I’ve been limping along with clang++ -std=c++14 (MinGW variety) for a while now, without my usual development environment setup. And I figured I’d fix that today.
SO... downloading and installing MSYS2, ConEmu + Clink, ICU, and Boost libraries. Over a crappy internet connection that keeps dropping me.
Pacman just finished updating my MSYS2 environment (while I ate lunch). Now to install ConEmu, which isn’t hard — configuring it to my likes takes longer than the actual install. Maybe I’ll try to get VS to reinstall after I’m done with everything...
I am a huge fan of Inno Setup
It is never a waste of time to make your software install and uninstall cleanly. Even if it doesn’t actually need to do anything but copy the executable to %ProgramFiles%\MyApp and create a shortcut in the start menu, it means your users will love you instead of hate you. (I find that the uninstaller typically has to do more work, even if only to clean the registry in addition to removing the executable files and directory.)
VS is painfully slow for me, no matter what. Now that I’m running 32-bit I expect that to be worse.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a very
nice environment, but there are things about it that just rub me wrong. (Mostly this is due to the editor.)
I tend to do everything from the command-line anyway, given the choice.
Heh, back to watching the grass grow.