Compiling C++ programs by command prompt

There is a tool called “cl.exe” which let you compile your C++ programs on the command prompt. If you install Visual Studio, you expect using cl command. The fact is that you CAN’T, if you installed 2010 or 2012 version of Visual Studio. Instead, you should use another one called “Developer Command Prompt for VS2012“.

Look it up on the start menu and try. It might seem like this:

cl command
cl command

More information for “cl” command:

Error loading type library/DLL (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application)

I was struggling with this error for a few days . It came out after I’ve upgraded my project to Visual Studio 2012.

Unable to cast COM object of type ‘System.__ComObject’ to interface type ‘Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application’. This operation failed because the QueryInterface call on the COM component for the interface with IID ‘{000208D5-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}’ failed due to the following error: Error loading type library/DLL. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80029C4A (TYPE_E_CANTLOADLIBRARY)).

It shows up while it’s the time for Excel operations:



It occurs because I’ve installed Office 2013 instead of Office 2010 which I was using with old version of my project. After I upgraded my Office, the project was no longer able to link Excel reference.

Even though I referenced new Excel library which is 15.0, it didn’t work.


  • Delete the Excel reference (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel). Version 15.0, in my case.
  • Install Microsoft Excel (whichever version you had been using. Version 2010 for me)
  • Add the Excel reference (older one. Version 14.0, in my case)

Long story short: Never take more than one risk at the same time!

If the main form doesn’t show up when you run the project (Visual Studio)

After upgrading a project to newer version of Visual Studio, you might face this problem: your main form may not show up when you run the application either in debug mode or release mode.

This problem might cause because of the database connection but there will probably no error or warning. So, the trick is that:

  • Go to “Project > Properties > Build
  • Change “platform target” to “x86
  • Run your application again. It will give the actual error message
  • Don’t forget to change¬†“platform target” to “Any CPU” after taking caring of the problem (If this setting is what you want)