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  1. I have created GitHub repository with code examples from my book Delphi Memory Management for Classic and ARC Compilers. It is still work in progress (there is plenty of code) and currently, it contains examples from Part 1 and Part 5. The rest is coming... https://github.com/dalijap/code-delphi-mm
  2. I have uploaded a new development snapshot for the (upcoming) IDE Fix Pack 6.5 IDE Fix Pack Snapshot Download What's new: Added: (IDE) Fix for RSP-23006: Edit controls in the ObjectInspector aren't clipped by the scrollbar anymore (10.3+) Added: (IDE) The compile progress dialog is updated only every 80 ms now. And if a remote desktop session is detected it is only updated every 250 ms. The IDE compiler runs in the main thread, so every GUI update affects the compilation time. Added: -x--jdbg compiler option extension that creates and attaches a jdbg-file. You don't need a detailed map file (-GD) anymore to create or attach a jdbg-file for the binary file. Attaching the jdbg PE section is done after the linker closed the binary file. -x--jdbg and -x--jdbg=1 create a jdbg-file -x--jdbg=2 attaches the jdbg data to the executable/dll/bpl. Question: "Why is the jdbg file smaller than my old file?" - Answer: "The old file was created with an older version of JclDebug.pas." Added: -x--unitstats compiler option extension outputs unit filenames for units with "unitname in 'filename'" entries. Added: -x-fvs compiler option extension also generates faster interface call stubs for virtual methods that are final or in a sealed class. Added: Package compilation is a lot faster in the linker and cleanup phase. Added: Faster ObjectTextToBinary (DFM) implementation by removing unnecessary string comparisons. This improves the linker's performance when it converts DFMs to resources. Added: Faster map file creation by using a much faster Sort-By-Address implementation and a faster \n to \r\n converter. Added: Faster unitname to unit filename resolving (unitname in 'filename') The compiler used a Byte as hash-value and a single linked list. The code is now replaced by a hash-map with a 32 bit hash-value. Added: Faster compiler inline handling for projects with lots of units. Added: The command line compiler uses a double linked unit list to remove and reorder items faster. The IDE compiler still uses the original single linked list because some other code in the IDE does something with it and I couldn't make it not crash. Added: LoadString cache for compiler error/warning/hint messages. The compiler loads the warning/hint string and then decides not to show it. The cache prevents the compiler from calling LoadString too often. Added: Some PAnsiChar/PWideChar RTL optimizations for the IDE and IDE Fix Pack. Fixed: Compiler option extensions didn't work in dcc*.cfg and project.cfg files. Now you can specify -x-* options also in *.cfg files. Fixed: Don't crash if a 3rdParty tool destroys the Castalia Clipboard Form. Fixed: -x-cgo compiler option extension crashed the 10.3 compiler. Removed: The "Exception catcher" patch for ErrorInsight is no more. It didn't have any functionality.
  3. Pierre le Riche

    Experience/opinions on FastMM5

    I have now added support for this. Previously you needed to execute "Include(FastMM_MessageBoxEvents, mmetUnexpectedMemoryLeakSummary);" to get a leak summary on shutdown, but now if ReportMemoryLeaksOnShutdown = True it will do that automatically. FastMM5 does not support the v4 options file, but it does support the v4 defines if you declare then in Project - Options - Delphi Compiler - Conditionals defines. If that is not convenient I recommend you use the equivalent v5 options instead - the v4 conditional defines support is just for backward compatibility.
  4. Angus Robertson

    ICS V8.64 announced

    ICS V8.64 has been released at: http://wiki.overbyte.eu/wiki/index.php/ICS_Download ICS is a free internet component library for Delphi 7, 2006 to 2010, XE to XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo and 10.3 Rio, and C++ Builder 2006 to XE3, 10.2 Tokyo and 10.3 Rio. ICS supports VCL and FMX, Win32, Win64 and MacOS targets. The distribution zip includes the latest OpenSSL 1.1.1g win32, with other versions of OpenSSL being available from the download page. Major Changes in ICS V8.64 include: 1 - ICS now supports International Domain Names for Applications (IDNA), i.e. using accents and Unicode characters in domain names. Domain names can only contain lowercase ASCII letters and numbers and a couple of symbols, so Unicode U-Labels (nodes in a domain) must be converted to A-Labels (Punycode ASCII) with an ACE (ASCII Compatible Encoding) prefix. So www.mâgsÿstést.eu becomes www.xn--mgsstst-pwa1e4l.eu and мособлеирц.рф becomes xn--90aijkdmaud0d.xn--p1ai. 2 - Added a new WMI component based on the Magenta Systems WMI and SMART Component which allows listing all WMI classes, adding and updating network adaptor IP addresses, and adding and updating records in Windows DNS Server (2012 and later). 3 - For SSL/TLS servers, the initial client hello sent before protocol and cipher negotiation starts is now available in the onSslServerName event, when it is easier to select the SslContext to be used on shared servers supporting lots of hosts. 4 - There are various improvement for SSL/TLS servers using IcsHosts. NonSSlPort may be zero for to allocate a random port (not for SSL), the new BindPort and BindSrvPort properties show the real port while listening, reported by ListenStates. If SslCert can not be found the server will create a self signed SSL certificate with all the HostNames so the server can start. 5 - There are many X509 SSL certificate ordering improvements from Let's Encrypt using ACME. All the ACME challenges are now supported. tls-alpn-01 which works on SSL port 443 using a special self signed certificate thus avoiding a server running on port 80 as well. dns-01 which updates Domain Name Server TXT records to avoid using any servers, allowing wild card orders, currently Windows DNS Server on the same server, but Cloudfare is planned. Note the OverbyteIcsX509CertsTst sample running on a Windows DNS Server is able to order a certificate with multiple wildcard and normal domain names automatically in a few seconds, where a similar commercial certificate would cost at least $100 per wildcard. 6 - TRestParams used with the TSslHttpRest component, has more parameter content types: PContXML, PContBodyUrlEn, PContBodyJson and PContBodyXML. The existing PContUrlEn and PContJson now specify REST params are sent as URL ? arguments, while the PContBodyxx version send params as content body. XLM parsing into an ISuperObject has been added so SOAP and XML REST responses can be processed similarly to Json responses. 7 - The TFtpServer component has a new TFtpOptions ftpsAuthForceSsl which requires SSL/TLS before allowing the LOGIN to be processed so that clear text credentials can not be sent. May also be set using IcsHosts with AuthForceSsl=True for specific Hosts only. Failure gives '533 USER requires a secure connection'. 8 - Added a Websocket server implementation (HIXIE and HYBIE protocols) ported from phpws project, written by Stan Korotky <stasson@orc.ru>. There is no a specific component for websockets, they are handled internally from a custom TWebSockSrvClient. 9 - Did a refresh of the three SSL/TLS trusted root certificate bundles included with ICS, to add new roots and remove untrusted certificates. 10 - Added CreateSelfSignCertEx to OverbyteIcsSslX509Utils to create self signed certificates with subject alternate names and specific key types. More detailed release notes are at: http://wiki.overbyte.eu/wiki/index.php/ICS_V8.64
  5. May be if you used different approach, like send aAction to fFrames, let each frame decide if it does need refresh or not, in other word decentralize those actions, like using plugins, if it is a refresh then send a refresh to all.
  6. Dave Nottage

    [dccosx64 Error] E2597 ld: file not found: librtlhelper.a

    Seems like your paths may have been messed up. In Tools|Options > Language > Delphi > Library for macOS 64-bit, it should look like this (not necessarily including the last 2):
  7. https://dalijap.blogspot.com/2020/03/unified-memory-management-coming-with.html Yes, 10.4 will have unified memory management on all platforms.
  8. Anders Melander

    Revisiting TThreadedQueue and TMonitor

    Yes, so you can revert your change in RSP-28272. They copy the result back to the ComparandResult parameter (or rather the 128 bit value it points to). See the InterlockedCompareExchange128 documentation: Because the stress test does not use return value in the ComparandResult parameter. My test code (see an earlier post) includes a test of InterlockedCompareExchange128 which does validate that ComparandResult is set correctly.
  9. StyleControls VCL v. 4.63 released! http://www.almdev.com StyleControls VCL is a powerful, stable package of components, which uses Classic drawing, system Themes, GDI+ and VCL Styles. This package contains the unique solutions to extend standard VCL controls and also has many unique, advanced controls to create applications with Fluent UI design. Also with this package you can really improve applying and using of VCL Styles in your application.
  10. Just to make that clear: The url Dave posted is for browsing the source code in a web browser, not for downloading it with subversion. The url for subversion is this: https://svn.code.sf.net/p/gexperts/code/trunk
  11. Oddly enough, I started looking at that recently, to include images in push notifications (which is way easier on Android). Unfortunately, it requires an iOS app extension which you have to create with Xcode (not real hard to do, mind you). I have shelved it for the time being because I have not been able to make it work as yet. I hope to come back to it in the next few days.
  12. Pierre le Riche

    Experience/opinions on FastMM5

    If you have applications that are currently using borlndmm.dll you can just replace it with one compiled using FastMM5, The source for it is in the "BorlndMM DLL" subfolder. For new applications I recommend that you use FastMM5 directly - add it as the first unit in your project's dpr file.
  13. Hi @Dave Nottage After some playing around, I found out what the problem was. The "Authorization" header should not be encoded. Now, everything works fine by using REST. FYI, the pre-complied RESTDebugger.exe that comes with Delphi 10.3.3 doesn't have the "Do Not Encode" checkbox when adding parameters. I had to recompile its project and it was there.
  14. Does it need to be a "server"? I have this desktop app: https://github.com/DelphiWorlds/PushIt
  15. pyscripter

    Revisiting TThreadedQueue and TMonitor

    I am attaching an updated fix using the corrected InterlockedCompareExchange128 by @Anders Melander. A note about @Darian Miller stress test from Github. If you run the stress test with the fix you will see failures reported. Fist a couple of important pointers: WaitForSingleObject and the rest of Windows wait functions by default use the system clock resolution and not the high-resolution timer like QueryPerformanceCounter that the StopWatch is using. The resolution of clock timer is between 7-15ms at least in Windows 7. The StopWatch ElapsedMilliseconds is a rounded figure. So when it is zero it does not mean that the elapsed time is zero. I have confirmed that in the cases where the stress test reports a failure, this is not Delphi's fault but what the WaitForSingleObject returns. To run the stress test in a meaningful way either change the POP-TIMEOUT to a value greater than 15 or change the TTestThread.Execute() so that it just reports cases in which the vStopWatch.ElapsedMilliseconds is zero but it does not stop the test: e.g. procedure TTestThread.Execute(); var Item: TItem; vWaitResult:TWaitResult; vStopwatch:TStopwatch; begin pubSyncrhonizedStart.WaitFor(); while not Terminated do begin if fQueue.ShutDown then Break; if pubTestCompletionCheck.WaitFor(0) = wrSignaled then Break; vStopwatch := TStopwatch.StartNew; vWaitResult := FQueue.PopItem( Item ); vStopWatch.Stop(); //Note: Reason for ACCEPTABLE_VARIANCE_MS is that on some low timeout values (like 200ms) it occasionally times out a little early (like 180ms) if (vWaitResult = wrTimeout) and (vStopWatch.ElapsedMilliseconds > 0) and (vStopWatch.ElapsedMilliseconds >= POP_TIMEOUT-ACCEPTABLE_TIMEOUTVARIANCE_MS) then begin //successful PopItem operation as we aren't adding anything into our queue Continue; end else begin LogIt('TTestThread ERROR: TThreadedQueue.PopItem returned [' + TRttiEnumerationType.GetName(vWaitResult) + '] unexpectedly after [' + IntToStr(vStopWatch.ElapsedMilliseconds) + 'ms]'); //pubTestCompletionCheck.SetEvent(); //Break; end; end; end; I have tested with a couple of thousand threads in both win32 and win64 and it behaves as expected. MonitorWaitStackFix.pas
  16. Remy Lebeau

    Destroying TList with Managed Types

    No, because the as operator forces the compiler to create a hidden variable for the interface, before it is then passed to the const parameter. Had the code been written like this instead, THEN there would have been a problem: List.Add(TItem.Create); Correct.
  17. davornik

    Detect virtual machine in 64bit?

    I have finally found solution and posted it here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/61874765/3225668
  18. David Heffernan

    Detect Windows shutdown?

    Getting notification isn't really what concerns you. You know how to do that. What you need to be able to do is block shutdown until you have finished saving any data. The way that is handled changed in Vista. The documentation you need starts here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/shutdown/system-shutdown
  19. I am very happy that FastMM5 is now available and also with the new licensing scheme. We plan to use it in our heavily threaded 64-bit http/socket servers. While I wouldn't have used it at all if it was GPL only, having a commercial offering at a reasonable price is actually more preferable because I like the idea of a properly maintained memory manager for our commercial products. There are plenty of free memory managers around for Delphi, that are barely maintained.
  20. Arnaud Bouchez

    Experience/opinions on FastMM5

    You are right: FastMM5 challenged me... and since no one responded to my offer about helping it run on FPC/Linux, and also since I wanted something Open Source but not so restrictive, I created https://github.com/synopse/mORMot2/blob/master/src/core/mormot.core.fpcx64mm.pas which is GPL/LGPL and MPL. So you can use it with closed software. It uses the same core algorithms than FastMM4. I like it so much, and missed it so much in FPC... 🙂 I was involved in ScaleMM2, and a per-thread arena for small blocks didn't convince me: it tends to consume too much RAM when you have a lot of threads in your process. Note that a threadvar is what the FPC standard MM uses. I wanted to take the best of FastMM4 (which is very proven, stable and efficient), but drive it a little further in terms of multi-threading and code quality. FastMM4 asm is 32-bit oriented, its x86_64 version was sometimes not very optimized for this target - just see its abuse of globals, not knowledge of micro-op fusion or CPU cache lines and locks, and sparse use of registers. Also focusing on a single compiler and a single CPU, with not all the features of FastMM4 in pascal mode, helped fpcx64mm appear in two days only. Last but not least, I spent a lot of time this last year in x86_64 assembly, so I know which patterns are expected to be faster. The huge regression test suite of mORMot helps having a proven benchmark - much more aggressive and realistic than microbenchmarks (like string concatenation in threads, or even the FastCode benchmark) on which most other MM relies for measurement. When the regression tests are more than twice faster than with the FPC standard MM on Linux - as @ttomas reported - then we are talking. It runs a lot of different scenarios, with more than 43,000,000 individual tests, and several kind of HTTP/TCP servers on the loopback, running in-memory or SQLite databases, processing JSON everywhere, with multiple client threads stressing it. When I run the test on my Linux machine, I have only a few (less than a dozen) system Linux nanosleeps (better than Windows sleep) , and less than 2 ms waiting during a 1 minute of heavy tests - and only for Freemem. I really don't like the microbenchmarks used for testing MM. Like the one published in this forum. For instance IntelTBB is very fast for such benchmarks, but it doesn't release its memory as it should, and it is unusable in practice. I guess that some user code, not written with performance in mind, and e.g. abusing of str := str+'something' patterns would also be more than twice faster. And if your code has to reallocate huge buffers (>256KB) in a loop, using mremap on Linux may make a huge performance boost since no data would be copied at all - Linux mremap() is much better than what Windows or BSD offer! Yes, huge memory blocks are resized by the Linux Kernel by reaffecting its TLB redirection tables, without copying any memory. No need to use AVX512 if you don't copy anything! And plain SSE2 (with non-volatile mov for big buffers) is good enough to saturate the HW memory bandwidth - and faster than ERMS in practice. IMHO there was no need to change the data structures like FastMM5 did - I just tuned/fixed most of its predecessor FastMM4 asm, reserved some additional slots for the smaller blocks (<=80 bytes are now triplets), implemented a safe and efficient spinning, implement some internal instrumentation to catch multi-threading bottlenecks, and then Getmem didn't suffer from contention any more! I knew than FastMM4 plus some tweaks could be faster than anything else - perhaps even FastMM5.
  21. Stefan Glienke

    Difference between Pred and -1

    Fun fact: you can omit the 3rd argument of Copy if you just want to cut from the beginning.
  22. Hi, Some might already know Delphinus. But for those who don't i thought i make a little introduction post, to have a thread for discussion, as I never made one for the international Delphi-Praxis. Questions are always welcome. Delphinus is an opensource Packagemanager for Delphi, which I started in 2015. It has support for Delphi XE and newer. In addition to an IDE integration for package-management, Delphinus comes with a commandline, too. This has the benefit of having a single interface for managing multiple IDEs or run setup-scripts automatically. Currently, packages are provided through Github by preparing a repo to appear in a special Github-Query Delphinus uses to detect packages (See wiki link below). For optimal use, you should add a OAuth-Token to the Delphinus-Config(See wiki link below). Otherwhise you'll hit rate-limits. Offline installation from a folder is provided through the IDE-UI(Folder Symbol). Adding support for creating local folder based repositories for mirroing is planned. Delphinus packages have support for: Copying (source) files Compiling and (if Designtime) installing BPLs Compiling and installing IDE-Experts setting up Search/Browsing path Dependencies to other Delphinus-Packages Optionally, BPLs and Experts may be included as precompiled binary, if your project is closed source. Packages are installed per IDE. I'm working on per project installations. GithubRepository of Delphinus: https://github.com/Memnarch/Delphinus Wiki: https://github.com/Memnarch/Delphinus/wiki My Blog were I (in addition to ther Delphiprojects) post updates about Delphinus: http://memnarch.bplaced.net/ Websetup: http://memnarch.bplaced.net/blog/delphinus/