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 v10 This quickstart covers how to obtain and set up the development environment in order to start extending HeuristicLab. The following points will be treated == For the impatient == * Obtaining the source * Building HeuristicLab * Creating our own plugin * For the experienced * Download the [[http://builder.heuristiclab.com:8080/repository/download/bt11/.lastSuccessful/HeuristicLab%20stable%20sources%20r%7Bbuild.number%7D.zip?guest=1|stable branch source zip]] * Build HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln then build HeuristicLab 3.3.sln For the not so impatient, this quickstart covers how to obtain and set up the development environment in order to extend HeuristicLab. If you have troubles please check the [[Documentation/FAQ|FAQ]]. == Obtaining the source == [[Image(StableRoot.png, 45%, align=right, margin-left=30)]] Here we will use the sources of the current stable build. The advantage is that these can be built without any prerequisites. You only require a current version of Visual Studio or SharpDevelop and the .NET framework. We will use the sources of the //current stable build// as these can be built without any prerequisites. You require a current version of Visual Studio or SharpDevelop and the .NET framework. * Download the latest stable branch sources: [[http://builder.heuristiclab.com:8080/repository/download/bt11/.lastSuccessful/HeuristicLab%20stable%20sources%20r%7Bbuild.number%7D.zip?guest=1| Source zip]] * Unpack the archive into the folder HeuristicLab\stable somewhere on your hard drive * Download the [[http://builder.heuristiclab.com:8080/repository/download/bt11/.lastSuccessful/HeuristicLab%20stable%20sources%20r%7Bbuild.number%7D.zip?guest=1|stable branch source zip]] * Unpack it into the folder HeuristicLab\stable somewhere on your hard drive We will refer to the HeuristicLab folder as //HLRoot//, likewise we'll call the stable folder //StableRoot//. Please remember where HLRoot is located. The explorer should look like in the image to the right. We will refer to the HeuristicLab folder as //HLRoot//, likewise we'll call the stable folder //StableRoot//. The explorer should look like in the image to the right. == Building HeuristicLab == There are two important solutions in the StableRoot. The one that needs to be built first is called HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln. This will create a bin folder directly in StableRoot and add plugins of external libraries to which the rest of HeuristicLab depends upon. After this has been built successfully, HeuristicLab 3.3.sln will be used to build the main application. This will also add plugins and the HeuristicLab.exe into the common bin folder. === Using the Build.cmd script === '''Important:''' HeuristicLab is split into two solutions. The one that rarely changes and needs to be built first is called HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln. The second one that changes more often is called HeuristicLab 3.3.sln. The rest can be ignored for now. Both solutions build into a common bin folder directly inside StableRoot. All assembly references to plugins that are not projects of the same solution reference assemblies in that bin folder. Read that again. === Option 1: Using the Build.cmd script === [[Image(buildcmd.png, align=right, margin-left=30)]] If you have Visual Studio 2012 or later installed you can use the Build.cmd script in StableRoot. * Double click Build.cmd and type the number that is associated with the HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln * Double click Build.cmd and type the number associated with HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln Then hit and each time it prompts for configuration, platform and if a clean should be performed. It will then perform a Release build not specific to a CPU architecture. Then hit and each time it prompts again. Default options are given in brackets []. * Double click Build.cmd again and this time type the number associated with the HeuristicLab 3.3.sln solution. * Double click Build.cmd again and type the number associated with HeuristicLab 3.3.sln Perform the same steps as above and the build should succeed. You now have built HeuristicLab into StableRoot\bin. We can now write our own plugin and link against these assemblies. You now have built HeuristicLab and its plugins into StableRoot\bin. In the next section we will set up a new solution and add our own plugin. === Option 2: Using an IDE === === Using an IDE === Building using Visual Studio or SharpDevelop requires that you build the solutions in the correct order. The HeuristicLab 3.3.sln is quite large, please be patient until it is loaded. Solutions in Visual Studio can be built by pressing , in SharpDevelop the shortcut is . Building using Visual Studio or SharpDevelop is very simple and only requires that you build the solutions in the correct order. The HeuristicLab 3.3.sln is quite large, please be patient until it is loaded. * Open and build HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln * Open and build HeuristicLab 3.3.sln * Open the solution file HeuristicLab.ExtLibs.sln and build it * Open the solution file HeuristicLab 3.3.sln and build it === Adding a shortcut === It is convenient to add a shortcut to the HeuristicLab.exe file that directly starts the Optimizer and bypasses the starter window. * Create a shortcut from StableRoot\bin\HeuristicLab.exe by right-clicking it and choosing "Create Shortcut" * Open the properties of the new shortcut by right-clicking it * Append the following switches /start:Optimizer /hideStarter to the "Target" box * Move the shortcut to HLRoot or another convenient place and rename it to "HeuristicLab 3.3 Optimizer" == Creating our own plugin == We now want to extend the functionality of HeuristicLab. For this purpose we add a new folder "extension" to the StableRoot. We now want to extend the functionality of HeuristicLab. * Create a new folder extension in HLRoot === New plugin with Visual Studio === === New plugin with SharpDevelop === We can now build HeuristicLab and extends it with own plugins. Below are some remarks for experienced developers. == For the experienced == At some point it might be beneficial for you to build against the code in our SVN repositories. The advantage is that you can update it and get new features as we release them. Also you will get notice of breaking changes to our API earlier. You'll have to install [[http://tortoisesvn.net|Tortoise SVN]] because the build process makes use of one of its tools (SubWCRev). You need to have the binary path (bin) of TortoiseSVN (usually C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin) in your PATH environment variable. At some point it might be beneficial for you to build against the code in our SVN repositories. The advantage is that you can update it and get new features as we release them. Also you will get notice of breaking changes to our API earlier. You'll have to install [[http://tortoisesvn.net|Tortoise SVN]] because the build process makes use of one of its tools (SubWCRev). You need to have the binary path (bin) of TortoiseSVN (usually C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin) in your PATH environment variable. Changing the PATH variable requires you to re-login to your Windows account to put them into effect. * Check out the SVN repository of the stable branch at ​http://dev.heuristiclab.com/svn/hl/core/stable. * Stable branch: ​http://dev.heuristiclab.com/svn/hl/core/stable (recommended, tested and reviewed changes only) * Main trunk: http://dev.heuristiclab.com/svn/hl/core/trunk/sources (not recommended, frequent and unreviewed changes, moderate testing)