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October 2017

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

VSoft Technologies – The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has only been out a few hours, but we're already getting questions about it.  In our limited testing, FinalBuilder 8 and Automise 5 run fine. I've only been running the Fall Update for a few hours, but so far I have not noticed any issues. The applications ...
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Continuous Integration with FinalBuilder

VSoft Technologies – In this post, I'm going to look at how to structure a FinalBuilder project so that it will run on your dev machine, or on your Continua CI Server without modification. This allows the best of both worlds, develop and debug your build process on your development machine, and then later run it on your ...
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Continuous Integration Server performance

VSoft Technologies – Continuous Integration Servers are often underspecified when it comes to hardware. In the early days of Automated Builds, the build server was quite often that old pc in the corner of the office, or an old server in the data center that no one else wanted. Developers weren't doing many builds per ...
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Windows Manifest Files

VSoft Technologies – In this post I'm going to look at Windows Manifest Files, what they do, why we need them and how to use them in Delphi and FinalBuilder. We often get asked questions about UAC prompts, High DPI settings, Windows Themes etc when compiling Delphi & C++Builder projects in FinalBuilder. In this post ...
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August 2017

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Delphi VersionInfo errors

VSoft Technologies – Over the last year or so, we have seen more and more "bug reports" about compiling Delphi projects with FinalBuilder, in particular, reporting issues with compiling version info resources when using Delphi 10.1 (Berlin) and Delphi 10.2 (Tokyo). This only happens if you tell the Delphi action in ...
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December 2016

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Delphi Language Enhancements

VSoft Technologies – TL;DR - The Delphi language is very verbose, dated and unattractive to younger developers. Suggestions for improvements below. The Delphi/Object Pascal language really hasn't changed all that much in the last 20 years. Yes there have been some changes, but they were mostly just tinkering around the ...
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November 2016

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Visual Studio 2017 RC Support

VSoft Technologies – Today we released updates to FinalBuilder (8.0.0.2007) and Continua CI (1.8.1.185) which add support for Visual Studio 2017 RC.  There were a few issues we found with Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate. The first was, unlike every other previous version of Visual Studio, 2017 RC does not ...
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June 2016

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Continua CI and FinalBuilder integration improvements

VSoft Technologies – Continua CI 1.8.0.176 and FinalBuilder 8.0.0.1817 (both released today) provide somewhat better integration between the two products.   Continua CI 1.8 The FinalBuilder Action in Continua CI now produces an xml file that is consumed by FinalBuilder when run under Continua CI. This xml file ...
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January 2016

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Code Signing Changes for 2016

VSoft Technologies – Microsoft announced some time ago that windows 7 & higher would no longer trust anything that is code signed with an SHA1 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHA-1 ) certificate as of 1st Jan 2016. The reason for this is well documented, SHA1 has become increasingly vulnerable and is no longer secure ...
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December 2015

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VSoft.CommandLineParser for Delphi - Updated

VSoft Technologies – A while back I published the VSoft.CommandLineParser library on github, which makes it simple to handle command line options in delphi applications. The first version only did enough to satisfy the needs I had in DUnitX. In another project I’m working on, I needed a command mode, where each ...
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Modifying XML Manifest files with FinalBuilder

VSoft Technologies – This topic is something that I pulled from our support system, it's something we get asked about more that once a year, that is, how do I modify the xml manifest file using FinalBuilder. Typically its the assembly version attribute that users want to modify, so that's what I'll show here, but you ...
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November 2015

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Delphi Code Coverage with Continua CI

VSoft Technologies – Testing code is something we all do. Whether it be manual usability testing, unit testing, or integration testing, knowing how much of the application is covered by the tests is important. Without knowing what parts of the application are covered, there is no way to know if key features are tested. ...
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September 2015

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Delphi-Mocks Parameter Matchers

VSoft Technologies – We recently updated Delphi Mocks to allow for better parameter matching on Expectations registered with the Mock. This allows the developer to place tighter controls on verifying that a mocked interface/object method is called. Below is a simple example of when the parameter matchers can be used. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2015-09-23 03:15
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TFS/VSO Task for Running FinalBuilder Project

VSoft Technologies – Today we are announcing the new build step for Team Foundation Build 2015. This task will allow users of TFS on-prem and VSO to run FinalBuilder projects on Team Foundation Build agents. The task itself is open source and can be found on GitHub. Those who use TFS on-prem will be very familiar with ...
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August 2015

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FinalBuilder 8 Released!

VSoft Technologies – It's very nearly 5 years since FinalBuilder 7 was released. Since it's release we have shipped many official updates, nearly every update including new features or improvements. This program of continuous improvement has worked well, with customers not having to wait for major new versions to arrive ...
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