Dec 262013

Terrific tool. But you still have to tame it.

Installation (Visual Studio 2013)

Clone git repositories for llvm & clang: 

Skip the SVN stuff and build with CMake:

Usage (tools)

First tests were daunting. I'm currently interested in static analysis, so I started a simple clang -H test.cpp.
The program stopped immediately, complaining about several constructs from C++ standard headers. For the time being, this is a problem with Microsoft's implementation of the C++ standard library.

A remedy lies in providing more clang-friendly standard library files. I am utilizing headers from the current mingw32 distribution. These are added to the tools with the -I command line switch (you have likely to provide multiple paths). With this, things started to work.

Usage (from code)

As a first step, I modified a pet project ( Including some more wisdom, creating a VS2013 solution was simple and easy (save a few manually added library dependencies).

At this point, the complete AST is accessible, and clang begins to shine. This is something incredibly expressive and rich in structure.

Currently, transfering project knowledge from Visual Studio to clang is still in an unsatisfying state. This limits the application of clang on non-trivial code bases. Regarding tooling, the discussion states here: "Patches for a CompilationDatabase implementation that just reads from msbuild would be super-welcome" . I agree.

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