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Claw Builder Introductory version - Instructions

(The following is the contents of the CbldRead.Txt file included with the Claw Builder Introductory version).

Installing the Claw Builder:


Cbld_Intro.Zip (Introductory builder & documentation file)
Cbld_Sample13.Zip (Sample project and source)

We assume that the Claw Introductory Edition has already been installed properly.
(Note: If you do not want to compile and run code generated by the builder, installing the Claw Introductory Edition is not necessary.)

  1. Create a directory to hold the builder. We will use \Claw\Cbuild in our examples, but you may use anything you wish. Create a subdirectory of the program called "Sample".

  2. Unzip Cbld_Intro.Zip into \Claw\CBuild.

  3. Unzip Cbld_Sample13.Zip into \Claw\Cbuild\Sample. If the two sample source files do not have a long file name, rename them appropriately:
        ren Sample_Custom-Valid.Ads
        ren Sample~1.adb Sample_Custom-Valid.Adb

  4. The builder is self-registering. However, you can better match the default settings to your compiler by manually registering it. Do this by running "CBuild /INSTGB" from the command line (for GNAT), "Cbuild /INSTOB" for ObjectAda, "CBuild /INSTAB" for Rational APEX, or "CBuild /INSTJB" for Janus/Ada. Note that the option must be given in all capital letters.

    If you don't want desktop and start menu icons for the Claw Builder, remove the 'B' from the /INST option.

  5. We're now going to generate the sample application, in order to verify that the Claw Builder was installed properly.
    Open CBuild. Select "Open", then navigate to \Claw\Cbuild\Sample. Select the Sample project file. Select "Project","Properties" from the main menu. Go to the "Files" page, and change the "Generated code output path" to D:\Claw\CBuild\Sample, where D: is the disk name for the drive where you installed CBuild. You can use the Browse button to make this easier. While we're in the project, we also should correct the help file path. Switch to the "Help" page, and change the "Application Help Path", again to D:\Claw\CBuild\Sample. Press "OK" when you're done.

  6. Select "Project" "Generate Code" from the main menu. The sample code should now be generated. Select "File" "Save" to change the sample project file. (We save the file to save the path changes you made above).

  7. The next step depends on the compiler you have. Follow the appropriate directions for your compiler.

  8. Now (for all compilers), run the application from the command line by typing "Sample". Note that the programmer provided routines which make up "Sample" mainly Beep (in different tones on Windows NT, but all of the same on Windows 95) when they are called.

  9. If you've gotten this far, you're ready to start using the builder. You probably will want to read the overview and tutorial for the builder in the builder help. (Use "Help"/"Help Topics" in the builder to get to it.) Next, familiarize yourself with the builder by playing with the sample application. Finally, you can build your own applications.


To deinstall Claw Builder, simply run "CBuild /UNINST" from a command line prompt. (This will remove the registry entries used by the builder.) Then, delete the files. Note that "UNINST" must be in capitals; otherwise, you will see a "file not found" error. Then the Builder files can be deleted. Note that the full version of Claw has a standard Uninstall program.


Projects created with the Introductory builder can be loaded into the full version of the builder. The builder automatically will make any conversions necessary. Similarly, programs written to use the Introductory version of Claw can be used with the full version of Claw.

Updated December 20, 2000 by webmaster.
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