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Creating small executables with Microsoft Visual Studio

Starting with an empty project, I will show you how to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 to compile your C code without the usual bloating that the compiler adds automatically. This article will just feature C code, I may extend this blog entry for usage with C++ at a later point. In the empty workspace, create a new file called tinyexe.c with following content: #include <windows.h> void main() { MessageBoxA(0, "Hello", "world!
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Creating small executables with Qt Creator and MingW

Starting with an empty Plain C Project in Qt Creator IDE and gcc from MinGW as compiler, I will show you how to generate small binaries that are independent from MinGW dlls. At the writing of this article the app versions that I used were Qt Creator 2.6.2 with Qt 5.0.1 and gcc 4.7.2. Replace the code of the main.c with following: #include <windows.h> void main() { MessageBoxA(0, "Hello", "world!", MB_OK); ExitProcess(0); } Switch the build configuration in menu Projects from Debug to Release and compile the project (Ctrl + B is the default shortcut for this).
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