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JVCL dev tools

June 24th, 2011 No comments

Do you need to work with the same code in Delphi 7 and Delphi 2010 in parallel? Need to delete some properties from dfm-files? Or maybe you want to replace all Rx-components and functions with JVCL code? Or maybe you want to create dpk-files for all existing Delphi versions with a single click?

If you answered yes at least one time, then you might be interested to know about JVCL developer tools.

JVCL (Jedi Visual Component Library) contains few great utilities, that can help to improve component development process. These utilities located in JVCL\devtools folder. Most of utilities described in file devtools.txt. This post adds few comments to those descriptions.

Most interesting utility is JVCLConvert, which allows easily converting project from RxLib to JVCL. Developers of component libraries may be interested in PackagesGenerator tool, which can create project files (dpr and dpk) and project group files for different Delphi versions.

To compile utilities, file CompileDevTools.bat should be run. However, if you have several Delphi versions installed on your PC, it’s better to compile utilities manually in IDE. You can open all utilities projects via devtools.bpg project group.

I ran into situation, when form processed with DFMCleaner couldn’t be opened in Delphi 6. I think it happened (I didn’t research for actual reasons), because DFMCleaner was compiled using Delphi 2010 compiler when via CompileDevTools.bat. After I recompiled DFMCleaner manually in Delphi 6, it worked fine.

 

Warning: before using any of tools, make backup copy of your sources. Or better use version control system (f.e. Subversion).

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