Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015

Well, it’s been a rough day configuring this new environment in Windows 10. I installed all programs that I listed yesterday, but I was wrong about few things. Windows 10 is nicer than I expected, it was little bit lagging at first, but whether I got used to the lagging already or it’s better than the lagging of its predecessor is not sure. I feel the start menu got much more intuitive and better, in both work context wise and speed wise.

I tried to avoid installing the Visual Studio, but I couldn’t help with the simple setups it provides me. I was wrong about MinGW and CMake, the latest version of MinGW did not support gcc version 4.9.x which supports c++14, and the other way to get those support was to build them on my own, or to use Cygwin. Hah, I was dumb enough to skip tutorials on Cygwin and judge that it does not have make and etc included. Anyway, Cygwin is on its way getting downloaded to my local drive and it’s been taking more than 3 hours by now. Meanwhile, I decided to look up other projects that I am interested in, which persuaded me to install Visual Studio and all.

I got Visual Studio 2015 preview and saw that it has an installation option for cross-platform app development kit. Checking the box prompted me at the end of Visual Studio installation to install additional packages for the option, which included Android SDK, NDK, and all. I don’t know how did they got into this decision but I can see that MS is smoothing their environments up a little. I still need to take a good look at these changes, but I hope to be able to build/debug app for both Windows/Android with single IDE, Visual Studio 2015. I will not be able to benefit from these in my company, though ;P. When I have some more time, I will definitely go for a post with setting up Visual Studio’s cross-platform project. I am just too novice to write about it now, haha.

Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015

Preparing to upgrade laptop to Windows 10

So, as an active user of Windows 8.1 and an active disliker for Windows 8.1’s context-blowing metro tile pop-ups, I’ve been waiting for this – Windows 10. I noticed MS started to distribute preview version earlier this week, but sadly though, I hardly had time for upgrading to Windows 10, until now. After this weekend’s weekly feasting of fried chickens, I remembered the news and started backing up my disks. Well, it’s a start of new year, so I just kinda wanted a “fresh” environment.

So here, I am going to list up applications that I would like to keep in new environment, just not to forget anything (or if anyone might find this useful…).

  • Chrome -Classic
  • VLC – Classic video player
  • foobar2000 – a lightweight freeware audio player, highly customizable
  • Atom – Chromium-based text editor with great deal of extensibility, although I need to be a bit more careful with setting up this time to prevent all the stumbles I had to go through to install various packages… Anyway, this editor supports a variety of programming languages and various add-ons, although it’s very good at producing web-based applications, it seems a bit heavy for non-browser dependent development.
  • StarUML – a free utility for creating UML or generating code from the diagram.
  • MinGW – I’ve been using Visual Studio for my main development IDE. I really liked those functionalities that Visual Studio offers, but keeping up with newest C++ standards disappoints me. It’s a bit of shame that after 3 years of announcement of C++11, MSVC is still missing supports for some constexpr. Though most of C++11 features are implemented, I decided to start using more up-to-date with standard compiler, and MinGW gives me that.
  • CMake – eh, few projects that I am interested in makes use of this application. It says it’s cross-platform, I guess that’s why.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader – a de facto standard application for reading/editing pdf
  • HoneyView – lightweight image viewer optimized for reading comics, supports opening zip file without unziping it, and moving to next folder, etc.
  • KakaoTalk – Yes, I’m Korean.
  • 7zip – another de facto standard file (de)compressor
  • Atlassian SourceTree – great SCM tool supports both git and hg. I use mercurial at work but git has its momentum forward so I wanted to manage both kind of repositories…and this does that!

I guess this is about it. Voilà! A mere 30-minutes long file transfer is done now. If anyone is reading this besides me, thanks for reading. Hope you find something useful!

Preparing to upgrade laptop to Windows 10