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In this post I'm going to look at Windows Manifest Files, what they do, why we need them and how to use them in Delphi and FinalBuilder. We often get asked questions about uac prompts, high dpi settings, windows themes etc when compiling Delphi & C++Builder projects in FinalBuilder. In this post we'll dissect windows manifest files, and look at how the project settings in Rad Studio interact with the manifest file, and why you should use a custom manifest file.

Over the last year or so, we have seen more and more "bug reports" about compiling Delphi projects with FinalBuilder, in particular, reporting issues with version info when using Delphi 10.1 (Berlin) and Delphi 10.2 (Tokyo).

The recent Visual Studio 2017 Update (also known as VS 15.3) introduced a problem with command line compilation when the Lightweight Solution Load feature is enabled. **Update 25 Sept 2017*** : Microsoft have closed our bug report with a Wont Fix status.. seems they are too busy with other things.

The Delphi/Object Pascal language really hasn't changed all that much in the last 20 years. This post describes some ideas to bring it into the current century.

Today we released updates to FinalBuilder and Continua CI which add Visual Studio 2017 RC support.

Introducing Continua CI Version 1.8.1

The latest case study is an excellent example of how FinalBuilder can really reduce the workload of doing builds - "FinalBuilder reduces our build time for a product line from around 3 days to less than 3 hours." Impressive! Boian Mitov (of Mitov Software) develops Visual C++ libraries, and Delphi, C++ Builder and .NET component packages for very fast Digital Signal Processing (DSP): "As part of our process we perform 138 package builds, 322 Delphi and C++ Builder demo projects, 3 Visual C++ libraries, 1 Delphi, 1 C++ Builder and 2 Visual C++ DLLs, 1 .NET library, and 138 Visual C++ examples, 15 Installs, 18 Help files." Imagine doing all that by hand!

The updates to Continua CI and FinalBuilder released today provide somewhat better integration between the two products.

We have been working on moving Continua CI to .net 4.6.1 for a future release, and during this conversion (so far, mostly just updating nuget packages), we discovered an issue that turned out to be caused by a change to .net certificate validation.

New Continua CI Version 1.8 features