Archive for April, 2012

WindowsApps.com is here - The AppWave Store!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Check out the AppWave Store that launched today!

Check out Tim’s blog for much more info!

Enjoy!

Delphi Developer Days and Free Evening Events this week

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

I’m headed to Delphi Developer Days to do the Embarcadero keynote as well as a free evening event in each city - Washington DC (BWI area) and Chiacgo. Don’t miss free food, drink and potentially valuable discounts at these events!

See you there!

Math parsing function/component anyone?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I’m looking for a reasonably light-weight, simple and fast math function parser. It should not be a DLL. I need it to work on Windows, MacOSX and iOS. I would use it in a demo I want to build.

It must be able to parse and evaluate functions of (at least) two variables, for instance f(x,y) = sin(x^2+y^2)/(x^2+y^2).

I would use it like this (pseudo code):

FuncTree := BuildEvalTree('f(x,y) = sin(x^2+y^2)/(x^2+y^2)'); // Or whatever it needs
for x := x_min to x_max do
  for y := y_min to y_max do
    z[x,y] := Evaluate(FuncTree,[x,y]); // Or whatever it needs...

Thanks!

Solution: armv7 validation errors when submitting FireMonkey iOS apps to the AppStore

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

EDIT: This post is now outdated. HotFix 1 addresses this issue, and these steps are no longer needed!

I was trying to record the process of submitting an app last Friday. My EDN app was ready for the AppStore. I ran into this:

iPhone/iPod Touch: application executable is missing a required architecture.
At least one of the following architecture(s) must be present: armv7

This happens on the validation step of submitting an app to the AppStore. The reason is that the validation step for AppStore submissions has changed. Support for *only* armv6 is no longer allowed. You have to support armv7, either by itself or have dual support (armv6 and armv7). This is a recent change, since I was able to submit my previous Analog Clock app in late October last year.

I’ve spent much of the last week trying to solve this problem. I did a bunch of research, but there was no single magic bullet anywhere. I finally cracked it. And here is the solution. I apologize in advance if some steps are missing. I tried to capture every single step I had to take.

STEP 1: Rebuilding iPhoneAll for armv7

Phil Hess has an excellent page that explains this process - http://web.me.com/macpgmr/ObjP/Xcode4/iOS_5_Parsing_Status.html

You don’t actually need to parse anything for this purpose. You can jump directly to Phil’s Step 4 and build iPhoneAll for armv6/armv7 as follows:

./compile-arm.sh iPhoneAll.pas

Then Phil’s Step 5 from the link above (this moves the compiled targets in place):
mv iPhoneAll.o /usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/units/arm-darwin/cocoaint/
mv iPhoneAll.ppu /usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/units/arm-darwin/cocoaint/
mv AnonClassDefinitionsUikit.o /usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/units/arm-darwin/cocoaint/
mv AnonClassDefinitionsUikit.ppu /usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/units/arm-darwin/cocoaint/

STEP 2: Rebuilding the FPC RTL for armv7

We’ll use the following link as a base line - http://wiki.freepascal.org/iPhone/iPod_development#Building_an_ARM_Cross-compiler

We need to modify the steps for iOS5.0 as follows:

Jump into Super User mode:

sudo bash

export IPHONEPLATFORMBASEDIR=/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer

make clean

make FPC=/usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/ppc386 CPU_TARGET=arm CROSSOPT="-FD${IPHONEPLATFORMBASEDIR}/usr/bin -XR${IPHONEPLATFORMBASEDIR}/SDKs/iPhoneOS5.0.sdk/ -ap -Cparmv7 -Cfvfpv3" all

sudo make FPC=`pwd`/compiler/ppcrossarm OPT="-ap" CPU_TARGET=arm CROSSOPT="-FD${IPHONEPLATFORMBASEDIR}/usr/bin -XR${IPHONEPLATFORMBASEDIR}/SDKs/iPhoneOS5.0.sdk/ -ap" install CROSSINSTALL=1

sudo ln -sf ../lib/fpc/2.5.1/ppcrossarm /usr/local/bin/ppcarm

STEP 3. Modify the Run Script for project under Build Phases for your Target in Xcode

Replace the -Cfvfpv2 flag with both of these flags -Cparmv7 -Cfvfpv3. A typical excerpt from the Run Script will now say:

/usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/ppcrossarm -gw -g -godwarfsets -Xg -O1 -Cparmv7 -Cfvfpv3 -MDelphi -B -o$BUILT_PRODUCTS_DIR/$EXECUTABLE_PATH -Fu/usr/local/lib/fpc/2.6.0/units/arm-darwin/fmi -Fu/Developer/Embarcadero/fmi -Fu/Developer/Embarcadero/fmi/coretext -Fu/Developer/Embarcadero/fmi/fpclib -XR$SDKROOT -FD$PLATFORM_DEVELOPER_BIN_DIR "$PROJECT_DIR/../$PROJECT.pas"

Drop armv6 from Architectures under Build Settings for your Project if it’s set.

Good luck!


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