Well, this is quite annoying, IMO.
Sometimes VS (Visual Studio) Express is not adequate for Windows programming, and the Pro/Premium/Ultimate/etc version is pricey. Until now, the alternative is to use Windows SDK
, or the illegal copies from the torrents. It has command-line build enviroment, C++ libraries, .NET framework, etc (no MFC, though).
And MS just removed the command-line build environment from the Windows SDK, which means no nmake.exe, cl.exe, ml.exe, link.exe, and so on. I wonder why?
Probably because they don’t like people cheating, and then can force people to use VS instead?
Honestly I don’t understand the rationale behind this decision. Windows SDK is obviously not a drop dead replacement for VS, so why cripple it? That’s just silly. Not every person is a professional programmer who can afford the commercial version of VS. Sometimes Windows SDK is good enough. This is a bad news for hobbyists.
If my understanding is correct, then… bad decision MS, bad decision… 😕 🙄