I'm interested in porting a library to Windows so that I can contribute to this library's project. This library has a Makefile.am, and I can sort of figure out how the library should be built (but I'm fairly new to the concept of makefiles). I was wondering if there is an automatic way to translate a Makefile.am into something that Visual Studio 2005 can use.
What I know so far:
I do see that there are directives in the library's Makefile.am for building to a Windows target (i.e
if BUILD_WINDOWS ...some stuff... endif).
I also know that there's AutoMake for Windows, which generates the Makefile.in from the .am, but I have a knowledge gap as to how this Makefile.in would then be used. (Still researching this avenue).
Is my only course to convert the makefile manually into a VS2005 project? It seems like it is easier to convert from Windows to Linux, but that may be just my imagination.
Thanks for all your help!