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_printf error with visual c 1.52

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What causes this link problem ( _printf ) with Visual C 1.52 in this windows project & how can it be solved ?

#include <stdio.h>
#include <windows.h>

void main()
{
  printf("This is just a test");
}

Linking...

TRY.OBJ(c:\project\vc-c1_de.kit\vcc\vcc\try.c) : error L2029: '_printf' : unresolved external

 LINK returned error code 2.
4.EXE - 1 error(s), 0 warning(s)

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by:alexo
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printf() needs a console to print to and Win16 does not support consoles.  Compile your project as QiuckWin (or something similar).
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by:sector
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i can't compile my program as a quickWindow application
because it is a CGI .

what other alternatives do i have ???
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OK, first thing first: Native Win16 applications cannot use printf() for lack of a console.

Options:

1. Compile as a QuickWin application.  It "maps" the stdio to a window that simulates a console.  I have no idea why a CGI cannot be a QuickWin application, but then, I have no idea how a CGI is different from a "normal" application.

2. Compile it as a DOS application.  Obviously all functionality provided by Windows will be unavailable.  A DOS program can run under windows without a problem.

3. Move to Windows95/98/NT and compile the program as a console application.

4. Create a window and a DC in your application and use TextOut() APIs for output.

5. Create an edit box in your application and use EM_SETSEL and EM_REPLACESEL messages to display output.

To summarize:  Either compile for a platform that supports a console (QuickWin, Win32 or DOS) or manage the output yourself using Win16 APIs or controls.

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And the autograder hits again!
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