help setting up basic shader

I am trying to experiment using basic shaders in my program, I came across this nice tutorial tutorial by Durian Software that talks you through writing a basic shader “util class” i guess you would call it? So I linked glew to my project and inserted the following into a header file

#include "include\gl\glew.h"
#include <math.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

static struct {
    /* ... fields for buffer and texture objects */
    GLuint vertex_shader, fragment_shader, program;
    struct {
        GLint fade_factor;
        GLint textures[2];
    } uniforms;
    struct {
        GLint position;
    } attributes;

    GLfloat fade_factor;
} g_resources;

static GLuint make_shader(GLenum type, const char *filename)
    GLint length;
    char *source = file_content(filename, &length);
    GLuint shader;
    GLint shader_ok;

    if (!source)
        return 0;
	shader = glCreateShader(type);
    glShaderSource(shader, 1, (const GLchar**)&source, &length);
	glGetShaderiv(shader, GL_COMPILE_STATUS, &shader_ok);
    if (!shader_ok) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Failed to compile %s:
", filename);
        show_info_log(shader, glGetShaderiv, glGetShaderInfoLog);
        return 0;
    return shader;

static void show_info_log(
    GLuint object,
    GLint log_length;
    char *log;

    glGet__iv(object, GL_INFO_LOG_LENGTH, &log_length);
    log = malloc(log_length);
    glGet__InfoLog(object, log_length, NULL, log);
    fprintf(stderr, "%s", log);

static GLuint make_program(GLuint vertex_shader, GLuint fragment_shader)
    GLint program_ok;

    GLuint program = glCreateProgram();
    glAttachShader(program, vertex_shader);
    glAttachShader(program, fragment_shader);
	 glGetProgramiv(program, GL_LINK_STATUS, &program_ok);
    if (!program_ok) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Failed to link shader program:
        show_info_log(program, glGetProgramiv, glGetProgramInfoLog);
        return 0;
    return program;

static int make_resources(void)
    /* make buffers and textures ... */
    g_resources.vertex_shader = make_shader(
    if (g_resources.vertex_shader == 0)
        return 0;

    g_resources.fragment_shader = make_shader(
    if (g_resources.fragment_shader == 0)
        return 0;

    g_resources.program = make_program(
    if (g_resources.program == 0)
        return 0;
        = glGetUniformLocation(g_resources.program, "fade_factor");
        = glGetUniformLocation(g_resources.program, "textures[0]");
        = glGetUniformLocation(g_resources.program, "textures[1]");

        = glGetAttribLocation(g_resources.program, "position");

    return 1;

But my compiler complains about the following:

	9	IntelliSense: "GLchar" is not a type name	

	11	IntelliSense: a value of type "void *" cannot be assigned to an entity of type "char *"	

	7	IntelliSense: identifier "file_contents" is undefined	

	5	IntelliSense: identifier "GLchar" is undefined	

Am I missing something? I searched the internet and it seems like GLchar and the file_contents function do exist?

It does not look like you are linking the OpenGl headers, eg gl3.h, gl3ext.h, wgl.h, etc.
I don’t use c or c++, so I can directly tell you which file(s) you need or where to get the latest.
There are references to these headers here:

If you look inside glew.h with your handy favorite text editor you will see that it typedef’s GLchar. Your header is probably not being found since you are using quotes instead of angle brackets. Try replacing your include with

#include <GL/glew.h>

ANSI C/C++ does not officially support “” so please use “/” – it will work in windows if that is your platform. C is used across multiple OSes so sticking to the convention will help in the long run.