Posted on 8th Jun 2018 in Delphi FMX
This is a wrapper Application of the original freely command line Application made available by ASTON Software. The original application and its rights are retained.
The original application is a CMD process and converting one file is easy enough, but converting multiple files can become cumbersome.
This original C2PAS32 was reworked into an Application that can be compiled as a Win32 or Win64 or set up as a standalone 32 bit or 64bit Windows Application. The original exe remains intact.
The limitation of the Application requires the App to reside in the OS directory typically within the C directory.
How it Works
Your C, CPP, H files can be set up in your project area. To convert, the file is opened and upon conversion, a .pas file is created and placed next to the original file. The conversion process is quick and files can be rapidly converted. It is designed to do all the work in the background. So when the original file is opened, it immediately copies the original file to the Application exe’s folder where the C2pas32.exe resides. The file is converted and the. Pas file is created in the same directory. Thereafter, the file is seamlessly moved to the original directory.
The convertor remains a convertor and not an IDE to rework the scripts. The views are merely for
The converted .pas file can be opened in a Delphi IDE and debugged / manually converted.
A simple trick! The original C, CPP, H file can be directly opened in the Delphi IDE and action VIEW \ NEW EDIT WINDOW which will place the C,CPP,H File in a separate window view . Move the windows around so both can be viewed at the same time whilst completing the final manual translation.
How to Load in Windows 7, 10
Thec2pas32 exe resides in the New Apps executional file folder. Do to the limitation of a DOSCommand Command-line Component, the App must reside in the OS directory typically the c directory.
So with file transfers, Windows will not allow this and the app cannot be placed in the normal windows file structure. Without elevated privileges set in the manifest.
I don’t advise this as windows has set this structure for a reason. The best place to place the app exe is C:\users\your user name\ App Data\Roaming\CtoPAS32\CTOD32APP.exe or in the documents folder.
The application uses standard controls but uses the freely available Dos Command component (TDosCommand) that can be easily installed through the GETTIT manager. This component is used to process the C232pas file.
Using the Application
The Application opens with an offline information html page.
Open a File
Options C, CPP , H files.
Process the file…
Refer to the Shootout in the previous Blog post where this C232PAS was found to be the best convertor. This formed the basis for the creation of this Application.
It will retain 95% of the original code.
It will convert 80% of the data of which a total of 60% of the data will not require much manual intervention.
There is no available open source convertor that will translate code 100% efficiently. Even the paid versions do not advertise 100% conversion. So it is best to read up on C/C++ if you have no knowledge of the language before tackling the conversion as it will become a steep learning curve.
This will reduce the time to full conversion.
Download the source form Github
This is placed on my personal Github account
This is a free to use MIT licence.
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