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Embarcadero discontinues AppMethod - the risks of the subscription model

Embarcadero (recently acquired by Idera) announced AppMethod, its cross-platform only development tools, available only under a subscription model (Individuals $299 per year, per developer, per platform. Enterprise $999 per year, per developer) and launched less than two years ago, will be no longer be available, and "will be merged into RAD Studio 10".

Message Compiler Editor 3.0 Beta released

The first beta release of Message Compiler Editor 3 is available here. The main new feature is the support of Unicode message files (version 2.x was still compiled with Delphi 2007). Importing already existing message files is planned for this release but not available yet due to some bugs still needing to be fixed in the parser.

Innosetup script to manage services

An InnoSetup 5.x library to control services. It gives access to the Service Control Manager functions to query/start/stop/install/uninstall services, and implements some higher level functions (simpleXXXX) to perform standard tasks easily.

NB: this version won't work with the Unicode version of Inno Setup. Attached below there is a unicode version, I didn't test all functions yet. Use at your own risk.

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Message Compiler Editor 2.2 released

After a long time, I've released a new version of the Message Compiler Editor. This release comes with a setup and a help file. Only minor changes has been made to the editor, now comments are written to the message text file, the options dialog is shown before each compilation, and the OutputBase parameter is now supported. Manifest file are not supported - support is planned for version 3.
Message Compiler Editor is available here.

When innovation is not real innovation: the WinHelp case.

Microsoft didn't include the WinHelp32 application in Windows Vista. The official reason is its code does not meet Vista standards. Later it has been made available as a separate download (probably to avoid a lot of users complains!), anyway developers "are encouraged to transition their Help experience to an alternative Help file format, such as .chm, .html, or .xml". This is a clear case when innovation is not real innovation, instead is just adding bloated applications where noone needs them. WinHelp has everything one could ask to an help system: loads very fast, is not intrusive, is easy to use yet powerful enough, is easy to develop.

Message compiler

The Message Compiler Editor is a small utility to create. manage and compile Windows message files to be used with the Windows event viewer. Creating a message file is s multistep process that requires to write the source message file, compile it with the SDK message compiler (mc.exe), then adding it to a resouce file and compile it. The last step is to add it to an executable (exe or dll) and register it with the event viewer.

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Integrating Mantis and CVS/CVSNT

Currently CVS comes in two versions: the original CVS (available at http://www.nongnu.org/cvs/), and CVSNT (www.cvsnt.org), originally a native port to Windows systems, but then become a whole project on its own available on many platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, MacOSX) and with several new features. Both versions share a common architecture, and from now on "CVS" will refer to both versions, but where stated explicitly.

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