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projects: remove support for MSVC before VC10 (Visual Studio 2010) #8442

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@bagder bagder commented Feb 11, 2022

With #8438 coming, I think its time to also prune some of the oldest ones.

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@MarcelRaad MarcelRaad commented Feb 12, 2022

Hmm, with greatly improved CMake support in the last months, maybe even start another call to remove the VS project files?

Personally, I've been able to use CMake instead of the project files everywhere since at least version 7.79.0 (62dbfa3) and have since switched to it.

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@MarcelRaad MarcelRaad commented Feb 12, 2022

If we want to keep them, I'd maybe be a little more conservative and only remove everything older than 2010 / 10.0. The older ones have more maintenance effort (or cannot be tested at all on modern systems) as they use a different format and later Visual Studio versions cannot open them without upgrading them to the current format, so in my opinion that would be the logical cut.

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@jay jay commented Feb 12, 2022

I'm still using the Visual Studio 2010 project files.

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@bagder bagder commented Feb 12, 2022

I'm still using the Visual Studio 2010 project files.

Aren't the newer compiler versions also free to download and use? What's the reason to stick with a >decade old version?

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@jay jay commented Feb 13, 2022

Aren't the newer compiler versions also free to download and use? What's the reason to stick with a >decade old version?

I have paid tiers of a few older versions of Visual Studio. When I was working I would often have to use a specific version, so I'm sure there are users of older versions. I'm currently doing most of my curl dev from a Windows 7 Enterprise computer (ESU) where VS2010 is more responsive than other versions.

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@bagder bagder commented Feb 13, 2022

I'm sure there are users of older versions

I think for anything that is older than 10 years, I think we can normally cut off support and users can either upgrade or deal with it however they want on their own. I feel less reluctant to do so if it risks "hurting" a core contributor such as you.

I'll adapt and instead do the cut so that VC10 and later are kept.

@bagder bagder force-pushed the bagder/rm-old-projfiles branch from 0eddb27 to a5b31d3 Compare Feb 13, 2022
@bagder bagder changed the title packages: remove build support for MSVC before VC12 (Visual Studio 2013) projects: remove support for MSVC before VC10 (Visual Studio 2010) Feb 13, 2022
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