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This tutorial provides a way to install a development environment to work with Qt, boost and QxOrm library on Windows, each library built on 32 bits mode (all steps are similar for 64 bits mode).
At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to choose between Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 and QtCreator EDI.

Prerequisites : Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 is already installed on your computer (no matter the version : « Express », « Professional », etc.).

Note : each version of QxOrm library is tested on Windows with MSVC++ 2008, MSVC++ 2010, MSVC++ 2012 (32 bits and 64 bits) and MinGW GCC 4.5. This tutorial is written for MSVC++ 2012, but the installation process will be similar for other compilers.

Other note : although this tutorial is for Windows developers, each version of QxOrm library is tested and validated on Linux (with GCC) and Mac OS X (with Clang).

Tutorial to install your development environment on Windows step by step :
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1- Download and install Qt (Qt4 or Qt5)

Download Qt here : http://www.qt.io/download/
For example :



Then, execute the Qt setup to install Qt framework on your computer.


2- Add Qt « bin » directory to the Windows « PATH »

Once Qt is installed, it's recommended to add the Qt « bin » directory into the Windows « PATH » (environment variables).

Go to « System properties » Windows screen, « Advanced » tab, then click on « Environment Variables » button :



Add a system variable named « QT_DIR » :
  • Variable name : « QT_DIR » ;
  • Variable value : directory where Qt is installed :
    • For Qt4 : « QT_DIR » is the root directory of Qt installation ;
    • For Qt5 : the installation process is different with Qt5, in our case we have to go to this sub-level : « .\5.1.1\msvc2012\ ».
For example :



Modify the system variable « PATH » to add the following value : « ;%QT_DIR%\bin\; »



Now, Qt is available on your development environment. You can test the Qt installation opening a DOS window (« Start » menu, « Execute » then « cmd »), then execute this command : « qmake -version » :



Note : Why did we add the Qt « bin » directory to the Windows « PATH » ? All executables for Qt process (qmake, moc, ui, rcc, etc.) are available everywhere on the system without having to configure other things. Moreover, it will be easier to switch to another Qt version : just modify the « QT_DIR » value to put another Qt directory.


3- Download and install boost library

Note : by default, QxOrm library just needs boost header files *.hpp : boost serialization dependency is optional and not required with default configuration. So some steps about boost installation in this tutorial are optional.

The fastest and easier way is to download the boost package provided by QxOrm website.
The boost package can be downloaded here : http://www.qxorm.com/lib/boost_1_57.zip



This package provides all headers files (*.hpp) from boost framework (inside « include » directory), and « boost::serialization » module compiled and built for the following environments (« lib_shared » directory for 32 bits mode and « lib_shared_64b » directory for 64 bits mode) :
  • MSVC++ 2008 (files with a name with vc90) ;
  • MSVC++ 2010 (files with a name with vc100) ;
  • MSVC++ 2012 (files with a name with vc110) ;
  • MinGW GCC 4.5 (files with a name with mgw45).
Inside the boost package root directory, « version_1_57.txt » file provides all commands executed to build « boost::serialization » module (which is optional and not required by default).


4- Add boost « lib_shared » directory to the Windows « PATH » (optional)

Note : this step is optional and not required by default : if you don't want to work with boost serialization features, then you can go directly to next step.

Go to « System properties » Windows screen, « Advanced » tab, then click on « Environment Variables » button :



Add a system variable named « BOOST_DIR » :
  • Variable name : « BOOST_DIR » ;
  • Variable value : where boost package has been unzipped.
For example :



Modify the system variable « PATH » to add the following value : « ;%BOOST_DIR%\lib_shared\; »



Note : you can also add the « lib_shared_64b » directory to the Windows PATH if you want to work in 64 bits mode : « ;%BOOST_DIR%\lib_shared_64b\; ».


5- Download and install QxOrm library

The latest version of QxOrm library is available here : http://www.qxorm.com/qxorm_en/download.html
Once downloaded, you just have to unzip it where you want.


6- Configure « QxOrm.pri » file

It is necessary to indicate to QxOrm library how to access to boost configuring « QxOrm.pri » file (be careful, only « QxOrm.pri » file can be changed, all other files from QxOrm package should not be changed).

Open « QxOrm.pri » file with a text editor (notepad or notepad++ for instance), then modify the value of these parameters :
  • « QX_BOOST_INCLUDE_PATH » (required) ;
  • « QX_BOOST_LIB_PATH » (optional, only used if _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION is defined) ;
  • « QX_BOOST_LIB_SERIALIZATION_DEBUG » (optional, only used if _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION is defined) ;
  • « QX_BOOST_LIB_SERIALIZATION_RELEASE » (optional, only used if _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION is defined) ;
  • « QX_BOOST_LIB_WIDE_SERIALIZATION_DEBUG » (optional, only used if _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION is defined) ;
  • « QX_BOOST_LIB_WIDE_SERIALIZATION_RELEASE » (optional, only used if _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION is defined).
For example :

isEmpty(QX_BOOST_INCLUDE_PATH) { QX_BOOST_INCLUDE_PATH = $$quote(D:/Dvlp/_Libs/Boost/1_57/include) }

contains(DEFINES, _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION) {

isEmpty(QX_BOOST_LIB_PATH) { QX_BOOST_LIB_PATH = $$quote(D:/Dvlp/_Libs/Boost/1_57/lib_shared) }
isEmpty(QX_BOOST_LIB_SERIALIZATION_DEBUG) { QX_BOOST_LIB_SERIALIZATION_DEBUG = "boost_serialization-vc110-mt-gd-1_57" }
isEmpty(QX_BOOST_LIB_SERIALIZATION_RELEASE) { QX_BOOST_LIB_SERIALIZATION_RELEASE = "boost_serialization-vc110-mt-1_57" }
# isEmpty(QX_BOOST_LIB_WIDE_SERIALIZATION_DEBUG) { QX_BOOST_LIB_WIDE_SERIALIZATION_DEBUG = "boost_wserialization-vc110-mt-gd-1_57" }
# isEmpty(QX_BOOST_LIB_WIDE_SERIALIZATION_RELEASE) { QX_BOOST_LIB_WIDE_SERIALIZATION_RELEASE = "boost_wserialization-vc110-mt-1_57" }

} # contains(DEFINES, _QX_ENABLE_BOOST_SERIALIZATION)

Note : « QxOrm.pri » is a configuration file of QxOrm library. This file must be included in all dependents projects files (*.pro) adding the following line : include(my_path_to_QxOrm_library/QxOrm.pri)


7- Add QxOrm directory to the Windows « PATH »

Like « QT_DIR » and « BOOST_DIR » variables, we will add another environment variables named « QXORM_DIR ».
Go to « System properties » Windows screen, « Advanced » tab, then click on « Environment Variables » button :



Add a system variable named « QXORM_DIR » :
  • Variable name : « QXORM_DIR » ;
  • Variable value : where QxOrm package has been unzipped.
For example :



Modify the system variable « PATH » to add the following value : « ;%QXORM_DIR%\lib\; »





8- Test your installation executing « qxBlog » sample project

To quickly test the installation, it is possible to open the project « qxBlog » of QxOrm package : open the file « ./test/qxBlog/qxBlog.sln » with MSVC++ 2012, then compile and execute the project.

If you don't have any error or assert, then your development environment is ready : Qt, boost and QxOrm library are properly installed on your computer !


9- Test all samples projects of QxOrm package with MSVC++ 2012

It is also recommended to test all samples projects of QxOrm package, each project have a « *.sln » file and can be opened with MSVC++ : all samples projects must run without any error.

Note : Qt provides an Add-in for Microsoft Visual C++, so you can install it to improve Qt integration (manage automatically *.pro files for instance).
To download this Add-in, go to the Qt download page : http://www.qt.io/download/





10- Test QxOrm library with QtCreator

If you work with QtCreator (and not MSVC++) : run QtCreator from your Qt installation directory « .\Tools\QtCreator\bin\qtcreator.exe ».
Go to « Tools >> Options » menu, then go to « Build & Run » section, « Kits » tab, to check that the MSVC++ 2012 compiler will be used by QtCreator :



If QtCreator doesn't find any debugger (like the previous screenshot), just install « Debugging Tools for Windows SDK » available on Microsoft website (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/hh852363.aspx). Then restart QtCreator and you should have something like this :



Note : you will find more details about QtCreator debugger on Qt website : http://qt-project.org/wiki/Qt_Creator_Windows_Debugging

Now, you can develop with QtCreator and/or MSVC++ 2012 !



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