Plan is to rewrite all my delphi 7 apps with Delphi XE5.
First to benefit from a more modern IDE, and to stay in synch with libs I used (jvcl, jwa, etc) but also to be able to build 64bits binaries (following this guide).
Additionally, building android apps would be a nice plus with this new version.
-Installed a brand new Windows7 x64
-Downloaded and installed the eval version.
-Installed JCL and JVCL (thru github, see here)
Now the fun starts, CloneDisk delphi projects opens fine in Delphi XE5 (yes!), compiles fine (yes again!) but code needs to be reviewed to work properly.
Side note : x86 binary is much bigger than before. Something to check later.
Let start with the following :
-pchar now means pwidechar (we are now unicode) whereas it meant pansichar in delphi 7, so all ansicode api need to use keyword pansichar.
-replace ansi api by generic ones where possible: i.e messageboxa->messagebox so that it works both in delphi 7/ansi & delphi xe5/unicode
Still a long way to build a x64 binary.
To be continued…