pct 1.0 now supports Visual Studio project files and is multithreaded

The initial version of pct (0.1.0) still required a lot of configuration to auto-generate precompiled headers for large codebases and it was not as fast as some users would have liked (#4) . Version 1.0 addressed both shortcomings.

pct can now parse Visual Studio project files to extract information like the path of the include directories to search for headers or the macro values to use; so the new options –sln or –vcxproj save you from specifying a long command line . Users that use qmake or cmake just need to generate Visual Studio project files from their build files to able to use the tool in the same way (See Cross-platform development with C++).

Performance greatly improved after, by processing every .vcxproj in parallel with std::async(). It is not uncommon to have big codebases in C++, so this change was useful and easy to implement.

I recently realized that environment variables referenced in the Visual Studio project files were not being expanded. Qmake expanded them for me before generating the Visual Studio project files, so I did not realize this until now; but it was  fixed on 8d43ad1. I also added an option –excluderegexp which is useful for qmake users, because it could be used to ignore moc_* files (which do not need to be parsed by pct because all their headers are referenced already in the original moc’ed header). E.g. –excluderegexp “moc_.*”.

 

 

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gerardohcampos

Principal Engineer at SAM - Snell Advanced Media

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