Visual Basic programmers have long had the ability to automatically increment the build number each time the program was compiled. Visual C++ programmers haven't.
Several weeks ago, I started trying to find a way to do automatically increment build numbers on each compile. I found several articles on the subject and some source code but none of it did exactly what I wanted it to do, so I decided to write my own incrementer.
Add the code to an existing macro file or, if you don't have an existing macro file, create one and add one dummy macro so you can access the code snippet. Application_BeforeBuildStart() is a Visual Studio defined event handler and although the code is in a macro file, when you select the Tools|Macro menu item, you won't see it, so you need at least a dummy macro in the file to access the source code.
Note that these code snippets have been subjected to limited testing and that you use them at your own risk. They work correctly in the test environment, but you assume all risk for their use. I will not assume any liability whatsoever for their failure to work correctly in your environment.
Please e-mail any comments, suggestions for improvement, problems, etc. to me.
Sub Application_BeforeBuildStart() ' written 7/11/00 by CCB Consulting ' e-mail any comments, corrections, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org ' updated versions will be at www.ccbcon.com on the Code Snippets page ' invoked automatically before build starts ' will open the project's *.rc file as text ' will search for the version info ' and will increment the build number dim oDoc dim sBuild dim sRCFile dim sOne dim sTwo dim iSelect dim lLineNbr dim bFound 'get the name of the active project's .rc file sRCFile = application.activeproject & ".rc" 'open *.rc file as text set oDoc = Documents.Open(sRCFile, "Text") 'position to the correct section of the file oDoc.Selection.FindText " FILEVERSION", dsMatchCase 'save the line number for the next search lLineNbr = oDoc.Selection.CurrentLine 'use a regular expression search string for the first version search sOne = "[0-9]+,[0-9]+,[0-9]+," 'find the first string oDoc.Selection.FindText sOne, dsMatchRegExp if oDoc.Selection.CurrentLine = lLineNbr then 'convert the regular expression to an absolute search string sOne = oDoc.Selection 'build an absolute search string for the strings with embedded spaces sTwo = Replace(sOne, ",", ", ") 'move to the build number oDoc.Selection.CharRight 'select the build number oDoc.Selection.WordRight dsExtend 'increment the build number sBuild = oDoc.Selection + 1 'replace the old build number with the new one oDoc.Selection = sBuild else 'something went wrong msgbox "Version number 1 not found. Closing without changes." oDoc.Close dsSaveChangesNo set oDoc = nothing exit sub end if 'now change the other 3 occurences of the build number for iSelect = 2 to 4 if iSelect = 2 then bFound = oDoc.Selection.FindText(sOne) else bFound = oDoc.Selection.FindText(sTwo) end if oDoc.Selection.CharRight oDoc.Selection.WordRight dsExtend oDoc.Selection = sBuild if bFound = False then msgbox "Version number " & iSelect & " not found. Closing without changes." oDoc.Close dsSaveChangesNo set oDoc = nothing exit sub end if next 'close and save *.rc oDoc.Close dsSaveChangesYes set oDoc = nothing End Sub