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Compiling C source code that includes a main() function using Visual C++

OK I am asking this question because Im thick.

I have a C source code (compress.c file) and a header (*.h) file. The compress.c file has a main() function so its not a Windows application. Its actually a compression algorithm source code. I will probably run it by going to the command line and typing

compress pic.gif

Or something similar. So how do I create the compress.exe using Visual C++? I assume I go to File->New->Project or something like that but I really dont know.

Can someone familiar with the required steps help me out?
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Roshan DavisCommented:
1). File->New->Project
2). MFC AppWizard (exe)
     Type the project name, and specify correct location
     Press OK
3). Select Dialog Based and press Finish and OK
     The wizard will create the necessary files for the project
4). Project->Add To Project->Files...
     Select the header and the c file for adding files to project
5). Place a Button on the Dialog, and use using ur .c file u can compress
     Use #include "YourHeaderfile.h" in stdafx.h

Press F5 for compilation

go to
File->New->Win32 Console App
and then continue saying finish after giving filename.
Press Alt+F7 select, "no MFC Support"
Compile and Execute normally
rangers99Author Commented:
thanks mate.
Minimal steps:
open the main file in studio,
press f7 to build. yes, let it do workspace for you.
done. you may want to tweak the options, they default to debug and stuff... (no mfc will also be a default, it detects this in the build and its off if no win stuff is found).


You'd do that on the command line:

cl.exe compress.c -I "<path to your .h-file>"
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