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  1. Wil van Antwerpen

    Developing under Windows 11 in a VM not feasible ?

    Exactly.. Sadly only see this thread now, or I would have commented on that earlier. When you use normal VMware disk encryption on VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion then you can actually move the VM to another host. It is the experimental autoAddVTPM option which creates a VM that is not portable to other hosts (along with other foot gun options)
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    Adding an icon for an ActiveX control

    Thanks! That does indeed look like it was the missing piece of information that I need.
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    Adding an icon for an ActiveX control

    Hi, I wrote an ActiveX component with Delphi 10.4.2 and the users are happy with it. There's lots of legacy software out there and this helps them. One of the things I am looking into now is how-to add an icon for using it in other development tools. On the toolbox pane in VB6 it shows up as a black square now and that's not very ideal. See below: From what I've found so far, it has to be an image of 16x15 pixels and only 16 colors (oh dear). Hopefully one can add higher resolutions as well for other environments. There was also some mention of adding it as resource (.dcr) file, which I tried, but so far, no cigar. Somehow I'm not finding much details on this. LOL Ideas welcome, maybe someone down here remembers and is willing to share that tidbit. Thanks.
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    Delphi and the new Apple M1 CPU

    I have no crystal ball and really hope you are right on that, but so far the signals have not been very hopeful. For example: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/09/14/arm-windows-m1-macs-not-supported/ From what I've read the only supported version of Windows on a M1 mac is via Windows running in the cloud.
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    Delphi and the new Apple M1 CPU

    Neither is going to happen, at least not from VMware or from Apple. VMware in particular has been very clear about this. For example here: https://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2021/04/fusion-on-apple-silicon-progress-update.html but it is not just that one article. The Product Manager has mentioned it many times. They actually looked into it and have decided on not going there. Who knows if there's a skunk works in house version that is capable of doing exactly that. But there has been no hints in that direction, the "not going to happen" signals have been much stronger. Yes there is a Windows insider version running ARM and it runs well. The problem is that Microsoft does not provide licenses for that and so far there are no indications that they ever will. Windows on Arm only works with OEM hardware suppliers and apple isn't one of them. It is mostly (exclusively?) bundled with laptops having a Snapdragon processor. One could run on a VM with a Windows insider build, but that's not exactly production ready.
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    Delphi and the new Apple M1 CPU

    Rosetta doesn't even work for Windows? Virtualisation platforms are not supported. If you run Windows in a VM then you have to run an Arm version and MS hasn't provided a license for that (and it isn't looking great on them going to provide you a license to run on non partner hardware) Also note that there's no bootcamp support now for the M1 platform. As for why cancelling something that works? Only apple knows, but it smells a bit like "lock in", but also less maintenance costs.
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    Delphi and the new Apple M1 CPU

    Hi, One note about Rosetta. Apple has switched CPU platforms several times. If the past predicts anything then Rosetta will be part of macOS for about 2 releases of macOS and disappear. It's designed to assist in migrating from one platform to another, not intended to stick around forever.
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    Delphi compatibility with Windows 11?

    FWIW, TPM 2.0 support has been available for VMware Workstation since at least Workstation 14 IOW since 2017. [1] Another note is that Windows 11 in a VM appears to run just fine without TPM and even UEFI as I upgraded a Windows 10 VM to Windows 11 and it has neither. To put it in another way. Microsoft relaxes the requirements for virtual machines as was found by VMTN user SvenGus here [2] To quote SvenGus: [1] https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14.0/com.vmware.ws.using.doc/GUID-B42CAC2A-DC3D-4F15-BEFE-AB4319B288CB.html [2] https://communities.vmware.com/t5/VMware-Fusion-Discussions/vmware-fusion-on-m1-goal/m-p/2856321/highlight/true#M174764
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    Notifications in android

    Is it different from this? http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/Sydney/en/Using_Notifications#Notifications_Support_per_Platform From the looks of it, Android also has this feature. I don't develop for Android, so don't know, but the doc appears to suggest that Notification support is available. edit: Argh.. never mind, please disregard ... "show progress"... not just a notification.
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    Binary size, how-to make it smaller?

    LOL, it should, but sadly nobody really cares about the size of a binary these days. Having to roll (and maintain) your own version of a standard unit sadly isn't time best spent either.
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    Binary size, how-to make it smaller?

    Thanks David, yes that seems to be the case. While other tools can be useful, quite often it is faster to build something in Delphi. Going back to using a very old version is most of the times not the best solution. Much appreciate all the replies.
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    Binary size, how-to make it smaller?

    Thanks. I was afraid that it would be hard. I tried to get rid of some standard packages.. but didn't see a byte difference. None of the suggested packages are easy to remove as that would trigger a lot of extra -hard to maintain- work. Looks like I will have to learn to live with it for now. Somehow I had expected that the compiler was smarter and not include parts of the packages I'm not using, but I can see how that's a bit of a pipe dream. At least I now know what parts to pay attention to. -- Wil
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    Binary size, how-to make it smaller?

    Back in Delphi 5, Delphi 7 etc... I did built a few DLL's and I was amazed by how small they ended up. Creating a nice control under 100kB was normal. Nowadays, with Delphi 10.4 building any control under 2MB looks like it is a challenge. Has anything changed here? Is this because I am using VCL and is VCL pulling in 2MB for that? (If so I have to see if I can't eliminate the usage of VCL) I don't see this happening if I built a component in C++ with Visual Studio. Has anyone any tips on how-to reduce the size of the resulting binary DLL or ActiveX? Looks to me that I am just missing something basic here. Btw, just saying, I'm not interested in packers. I prefer to just cut the "bloat", not compress it. Thanks for any ideas.
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    SSL certificate for VCL Application Exe

    Hi, Exactly that.. if you offer your software as a download then SmartScreen will be a real PITA for your users unless your software was signed with an EV certificate. About 3 times a user gets asked if they really want to do this. First deny the download, then popup a "not often installed" warning with cancel as default choice, then another warning of which I forgot the details. Sorry, can't test that now as Microsoft has finally started accepting my normal certificate again (after 5 months of pain) There I was just coming to the conclusion that one of these days I have to accept that the certificate I had bought for 3 years is worthless and that only an EV code signing certificate is going to offer a painless installation for end users. (pffff... ) edit: you asked for a link: https://www.ssl.com/faqs/which-code-signing-certificate-do-i-need-ev-ov/ I have lost so much time (and sales) on this that when the next renewal comes I will not doubt and buy an EV certificate instead of the -much cheaper- OV one.
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    VMWare Workstation PRO vs MS Hyper-V

    It is good to alert users, but just to be clear this is for vCenter Server, not for VMware Workstation/Fusion/Player. Normally VMware vCenter server should not be directly accessible from the internet (yes, some people/companies do). However even when on a local network, it is still good to run the vCenter Server appliance update, if you run it.