[Lazarus] I desperately need some ideas of reducing edit, compile, debug cycle

Max Vlasov max.vlasov at gmail.com
Sun Nov 28 14:29:58 CET 2010

On Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Vincent Snijders <
vincent.snijders at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2010/11/28 Bo Berglund <bo.berglund at gmail.com>:
> > On Fri, 26 Nov 2010 20:55:19 +0000, Martin <lazarus at mfriebe.de> wrote:
> >
> >>> 3. Design them as DLLs initially - I suspect that will bring along a
> >>> different set of problems.
> >>>
> >>> Once they are well tested I can incorporate them into the main
> >>> executables.
> >>
> >>Yes splitting your project into parts is a good idea. Quite simple use
> >>packages.
> >>
> >
> > Is there some automated way to include DLL:s into the main application
> > exe file after one has finished the debugging?\
> Packages <> DLL's.
Vincent, although logically you're right, technically delphi packages are
dlls. And I suppose when finally there's a dynamic package support in fpc,
there is no other way to implement them, at least on Windows.

I tried to search for the principle Bo suggested. Actually every utility
that claims just uses temporary extraction of internally packed dlls. From
the technical point of view, there are challenges that should be solved when
implementing (for example embedding loading and unloading routines of the
dll), but I think that nobody did this also because of possible legal
problems. The reason when one usually wants this is when he has no sources
or other way to link it statically, that is the case when you use a third
party library. If there's a way to make it an unbreakable part of the main
exe, I'm sure there will be many complains from the authors/companies of
dlls, not mentioning LGPL violation.

But when the packages are dynamic finally in Lazarus, such trick will make
no sense since one always can have them separately on the development stage
(for time saving when linking) and for the install exe, link them together
using fpc.

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