Building External Projects
For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Visual Studio 2017 Documentation.
For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Building External Projects on docs.microsoft.com. An external project is a Visual C++ project that uses a makefile or other facilities that are outside (foreign or external to) the Visual C++ development environment.
If you have an external project (for example, a makefile project) that you want to build in the Visual C++ development environment, create a Makefile project and specify your project's build command and output in the Makefile Application Wizard. For more information, see Creating a Makefile Project.
Note that Visual C++ no longer supports the ability to export a makefile for the active project from the development environment. Use Devenv Command Line Switches to build Visual Studio projects at the command line.