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What's New in EurekaLog 6.1

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Caution: this is old EurekaLog 6 documentation. This is not the latest version.

 

Q: What is new in EurekaLog 6.1?

A: EurekaLog 6.1 is exactly the same as EurekaLog 6.0 (6.0.25 is the latest available version), except one "little" detail: we've added support for new compiler from EurekaLog 7.0 (which is in development right now).

 

Q: Why is it 6.1? Why not 6.0.26?

A: We do only bug fixes in 6.x branch, so we get 6.0.10, 6.0.20, 6.0.25, etc. Each new version (like 6.0.xx) contains bug fixes, but no new features. Since we've added a major new feature - we decided to increase a version number, so new version became 6.1 - indicating addition of a major new feature.

 

Q: Is it safe to upgrade? Am I affected?

A: Don't worry, 6.1.xx behaves as 6.0.xx by default. You can safely upgrade and no new changes will affect you (except the usual bug fixes). New compiler have no effect, until explicty enabled.

 

Q: What's so great about new compiler?

A: In a recent 3 months there were many reports about problems with EurekaLog and debug information (i.e. mapping between code and human-readable names of units, methods, etc). After investigation we've discovered that there appears linker bugs (usually on large projects), which prevents EurekaLog from proper functioning.

 

What does it mean? It means that for some large projects EurekaLog can't show you a proper call stack because of wrong debug information, which is usually caused by linker's bugs.

 

OK, so the new compiler from EurekaLog 7 have a new architecture and a new code (it's re-written almost on 80%) and it is able to solve these problems (along with help of new format of debug information).

 

Another advantages are:

 

1.Increased speed. New compiler should be (theoretically) faster than old, since we've reduced amount of work with strings.
2.Reduced memory consumption. New compiler should be (theoretically) more conservative about memory usage, since we're working on mapped file, instead of parsing it into separate strings.
3.Increased stability. Any issues with compiler itself does not affect IDE, since compiler is now run into separate process.
4.Increased detalization. New compiler is able to store routines without line numbers. Old compiler can't do this. Usually this doesn't matter anyway, since we always recommend to enable "Use Debug DCUs" option.

 

Items 2 and 3 allows you to use EurekaLog for very large projects, which wasn't possible before (because of shared virtual address space with IDE and, thus, hitting a memory limits).

 

Word "theoretically" in items 1 and 2 means that "we think so", but we don't have any exact estimates yet. So, if you're owning a large project (say, 10+ MB .exe file or 15+ MB .map file) - please, send us (even very approximate) details about how fast (or slow!) compilation is with old and new compiler.

 

Q: Why add the compiler from EurekaLog 7 to EurekaLog 6? Why not just fix issues in EurekaLog 6? Or just wait for EurekaLog 7 release?

A: Because it's impossible to fix these issues with old logic of compiler (there are much technical details here, I won't going to discuss them). To solve these issues in EurekaLog 6, one needs to almost re-write the compiler - pretty much the same job as was already completed in EurekaLog 7 (compiler upgrade in EurekaLog 7 wasn't because of these issues - we just improved code. Solving these issues was a side-effect).

 

So why just not port code from EurekaLog 7 to EurekaLog 6? Well, we tried this, but it's not easy too, since there are a lot of changes (also remember that we dropped support for Delphi 3, so we used new features a lot).

 

Why not just leave this as is, claiming that customers should wait for EurekaLog 7? I'm not saying that EurekaLog 7 have a long road before release, but I'm saying that we care about our customers, so we've decided to release intermediate EurekaLog 6.1, which solves some major problems of our customers.

 

Thus, the only solution left is to include new compiler as an option to EurekaLog 6.

 

Q: When I should use new compiler?

A: If you have small/medium project and never suffer from weird call stacks - then you can just ignore it. Don't use new compiler (which is default, BTW). Otherwise - try it. New compiler may help you to solve your issues.

 

Oh, and one more thing - this compiler doesn't do a lot for C++ Builder. That's because .map files of C++ Builder miss line numbers, so EurekaLog uses .tds file instead. In other words, there is no improvement on debug information for C++ Builder.

 

Q: How to use it?

A: Very simple. Just go to Project / EurekaLog options, select Build options tab and enable Use EurekaLog 7 compiler checkbox. See also.

 

Q: What about command line compilation and build automation?

A: That is possible too. You can find new compiler in your EurekaLog folder under sub-folder which corresponds to your IDE. For example:

 

C:\Program Files\EurekaLab\EurekaLog 6\Delphi15\el7c.exe

 

The same .exe file can be used for both Delphi and C++ Builder - just be sure that you pick a correct version (in case if you have several different versions of IDE installed).

 

You can use this file exactly as the old ecc32.exe/emake.exe. Except there are few additional options - see command line options for more information.

 

Q: I don't want to use experimental compiler from a EurekaLog 7, which doesn't even have a stable release!

A: First I want to highlight that EurekaLog's code remain the same. New compiler doesn't affect the code. It's still old good and tested 6.0.25. New compiler affects only additional debug information. So, if you have problems with debug information, new compiler may solve it. I.e. it's not worse than it's already is. Surely, you may not use new compiler, if you don't need to.

 

Yes, new compiler comes from unstable version of EurekaLog 7. However, we've tested a new compiler quite strict. Sure we may miss something, but it's quite stable now.

 

Of course, you shouldn't just enable this option and throw your application to your customers. You need to do a few simple tests:

 

Try just to compile your application with new compiler - will it be successfull? New compiler contains additional asserts, which trigger on unsupported cases. Usually this means that your project contains new case which we doesn't cover yet.
Take a known issue with a bug report and check this issue against new compiler - will a new bug report be better than old?
You can place a button, which raises exception somewhere deep inside your code. Will a bug report be detailed enough?

 

If these tests will pass - then you can safely use new compiler. If not - please, contact us, so we can improve our product! Just send us a your .map file with description of the problem.




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