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Exporting a class from a DLL for multiple instantiations

Implementing a class in a DLL allows for exchanging a component of a system without affecting the remainder of it. Exporting a class from a DLL using an abstract interface has been variously documented, but multiple instantiations using that setup have not. Widely referenced is Alex Blekhman's article at the Code project (http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/28969/HowTo-Export-C-classes-from-a-DLL). While this works well for single instantiations, it does not work at all for various compilers, including MinGW's C++ compiler, when multiple instances are needed.

Bootstrapping GLIB with MinGW

Reason:

There is a circular dependency between GLIB and the pkg_config packages. In order to overcome the lack of the dependencies you must do a bootstrap method. This requires some basic knowledge of how to overcome the requirement of pkg_config within the GLIB configure process by telling the configure script where to find some things that pkg_config would have given it.

Install MinGW

For instructions on how to quickly download and install MinGW (including GCC compilers for C, C++, Fortran, Java, and Ada, binutils, Windows API, runtime, and make), please refer to the instructions for Getting Started with MinGW. For more detailed instructions, read HOWTO Install the MinGW GCC Compiler Suite.

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