The End of Day One

So I’m knocking off a little earlier today, as I’m heading over to a friend’s house for dinner.  Unfortunately haven’t got anything much interesting to show for the last 8 hours, but I have finally managed to set up ClanLib, Mercurial (with TortoiseHG, VisualHG and BitBucket,) and the DirectX SDK. (That last one was a pain in the butt!)
I was hoping to get it all down a little earlier and actually have started work on something already, (I’d set aside an hour for these tasks that took me the whole day…) but I’ve learnt a bit about setting up and using free Revision Control Server repository, and the associated softwares.  It did take me a while to figure out all the ignore/unfollow/revert features, and there’s still lessons to be learned no doubt.  So I guess I can eat happy knowing that hopefully the half-day I have tomorrow will actually turn over some results.

For those that are interested, here’s what my setup now looks like:

Today’s Pain Point?

   Firstly, forgetting to extract the ClanLib includes confused me (I’d extracted the external dependencies but not the library itself… /facepalm), but the massive one is that installing DirectX SDK (June 2010) will give you problems if you install it today.  It’s a requirement for ClanLib, so I couldn’t do without it.  The problem is that if you’ve updated the VC++ Runtimes, which is handled automagically by Windows Update, there is no way of installing the SDK.  It requires uninstalling the updates, installing the SDK, and then reinstalling the DirectX SDK.  Did I mention the error message recommends closing all open programs and trying again?  After a couple of restarts, I did a web search and found it’s a ridiculously infamous problem that Microsoft haven’t yet fixed.  I can only hope that for those to come, it gets fixed soon!

2 thoughts on “The End of Day One

  1. Jackson Wood

    It’s a pre-req for installing ClanLib, but I’ll be building with OpenGL. It is pretty good, and the contact I’ve had on the forums is also usually pretty helpful.
    They’ve got a relatively active, albeit small community thing happening.

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