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digitalmars.D.ldc - Standardized and automatic generation of Windows SDK headers

reply Ized <ivan.zinkevich gmail.com> writes:
Hi everyone!

I searched around the forum but didn't find the answer, so I'd 
ask here.
I'm curious whether there's a way to standardize Windows SDK 
headers. What if we implement automatic generation from IDLs? I 
think that absence of standard Windows SDK headers that come out 
of the box (or standard non-abandoned package) is something that 
prevents some developers from switching to D on Windows. I think 
that we can contact Microsoft and get some help with that. I can 
start this, but I need to understand what pitfalls could be.

What do you think?

Thanks for the attention!
Feb 22
parent reply rikki cattermole <rikki cattermole.co.nz> writes:
We don't need Microsoft's help for this.

The frontend should be augmented to support IDL based creation of the AST.

Everything that we need is in WinAPI.

It is not an LDC specific issue.
Feb 22
parent reply rikki cattermole <rikki cattermole.co.nz> writes:
On 22/02/2020 10:39 PM, rikki cattermole wrote:
 We don't need Microsoft's help for this.
 
 The frontend should be augmented to support IDL based creation of the AST.
 
 Everything that we need is in WinAPI.
 
 It is not an LDC specific issue.
Just to clarrify: You would compile the IDL files to typelib via the MIDL compiler, these are what you distribute. You will then load the typelib file via i.e. LoadTypeLib or LoadRegTypeLib which uses the registry to look it up.
Feb 22
parent reply Andre Pany <andre s-e-a-p.de> writes:
On Saturday, 22 February 2020 at 09:53:08 UTC, rikki cattermole 
wrote:
 On 22/02/2020 10:39 PM, rikki cattermole wrote:
 We don't need Microsoft's help for this.
 
 The frontend should be augmented to support IDL based creation 
 of the AST.
 
 Everything that we need is in WinAPI.
 
 It is not an LDC specific issue.
Just to clarrify: You would compile the IDL files to typelib via the MIDL compiler, these are what you distribute. You will then load the typelib file via i.e. LoadTypeLib or LoadRegTypeLib which uses the registry to look it up.
Does it make sense to propose this as GSOC project? https://forum.dlang.org/post/uxxnxpcsxfsaqqtlikmw forum.dlang.org Kind regards Andre
Feb 23
parent rikki cattermole <rikki cattermole.co.nz> writes:
On 24/02/2020 2:09 AM, Andre Pany wrote:
 On Saturday, 22 February 2020 at 09:53:08 UTC, rikki cattermole wrote:
 On 22/02/2020 10:39 PM, rikki cattermole wrote:
 We don't need Microsoft's help for this.

 The frontend should be augmented to support IDL based creation of the 
 AST.

 Everything that we need is in WinAPI.

 It is not an LDC specific issue.
Just to clarrify: You would compile the IDL files to typelib via the MIDL compiler, these are what you distribute. You will then load the typelib file via i.e. LoadTypeLib or LoadRegTypeLib which uses the registry to look it up.
Does it make sense to propose this as GSOC project? https://forum.dlang.org/post/uxxnxpcsxfsaqqtlikmw forum.dlang.org Kind regards Andre
It depends. If there is a suitable mentor that can handle the AST generation side, sure.
Feb 23