Category Archives: Platforms and frameworks

Regular expressions for editing DEF-file (Windows Module-Definition file)

The following regular expression (find/replace pair) in Visual Studio format removes extra whitespace and @ symbol from a DEF-file:

^[ \t]+(\b(?<name>_\w+|[\w-[0-9_]]\w*)\b)[ \t]+@(?<index>\d+)(?=\r?$)

and converts it to such a form when it can be imported to MS Excel and sorted by the function number, so you can manually add new functions by incrementing the last number.

To convert the file back the following find/replace pair can be used:

^(\b(?<name>_\w+|[\w-[0-9_]]\w*)\b)[ \t](?<index>\d+)(?=\r?$)

Setting up QT Creator 4.6.1 for Android development on Windows 10

First I installed Android Studio. When it started I set an option to create the application with Native C++ support and Android NDK was automatically installed to C:\Users\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\ndk-bundle, also I added Android-19 API level and somehow CMake was installed to C:\Users\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\cmake\3.6.4111459. Then in QT Creator I opened Tools->Options->Devices->Android and specified the following paths:


Building QT 5.10.1 from sources with VS2017

I am not sure it is a correct way, but I was able to do this:

git clone --recursive --branch v5.10.1

and all the submodules were checked out with commit hashes tag v5.10.1 points to:

You are in 'detached HEAD' state. You can look around, make experimental
changes and commit them, and you can discard any commits you make in this
state without impacting any branches by performing another checkout.
Submodule path 'qt3d': checked out '31f424bb81cd2583920d3d521e1e01f01c2d28e2'


Generating .NET wrappers for COM during build in MS Visual Studio

If in some Visual Studio solution a .NET project references a C++ project that implements a COM server then the following command can be used in Post-Build Event of the C++ project to generate .NET wrapper for COM:

"$(TargetFrameworkSDKToolsDirectory)tlbimp.exe" "$(TargetPath)" /verbose /strictref /asmversion=$(Version) /out:"$(TargetDir)$(TargetName)Lib.dll"

In VS2015 by default this command will generate .NET 4.0 assembly. To generate .NET 2.0 assembly, the following command can be used:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bin\TlbImp.exe" "$(TargetPath)" /verbose /strictref /asmversion=$(Version) /out:"$(TargetDir)$(TargetName)Lib.dll"

I am not sure that changing TargetFrameworkVersion attribute in PropertyGroup Label=”Globals” element of the project file can help here, so it is not clear how to get rid of absolute path.

Also it is impossible to add a reference to a TLB or EXE file to .NET assembly, so using TLB generated by MIDL directly is not an option (MIDL->Output page of C++ project using $(OutDir)$(TargetName).tlb as Type Library name).

How to remove APPX package installed by another user.

There is new optionĀ ‘-AllUsers’ in Windows 10 1709 so ‘LinesGame’ APPX package, for example, can be removed for all users with the following command:

Get-AppxPackage -all *lines*
Get-AppxPackage -all *lines* | Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers

the first line outputs this:

Name                   : 48696GeoGraphX.Lines3D
Publisher              : CN=4596C2AF-8F16-46B2-976A-1D49B97B0C80
Architecture           : X64
ResourceId             :
Version                :
PackageFullName        : 48696GeoGraphX.Lines3D_2.0.109.0_x64__rc9z1pmca2qa0
InstallLocation        :
IsFramework            : False
PackageFamilyName      : 48696GeoGraphX.Lines3D_rc9z1pmca2qa0
PublisherId            : rc9z1pmca2qa0
PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1513020516-1447999005-958985207-1001
                         [S-1-5-21-1513020516-1447999005-958985207-1001]: Installed}
IsResourcePackage      : False
IsBundle               : False
IsDevelopmentMode      : True
IsPartiallyStaged      : False
SignatureKind          : None
Status                 : Ok

How to run WIX bootstrapper application UI with elevated privileges?

WIX bootstrapper application (BA) can easily determine if it runs as admin with the following code:

using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Security.Principal;

static bool IsAdmin()
    WindowsIdentity id = WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent();
    WindowsPrincipal principal = new WindowsPrincipal(id);
    return principal.IsInRole(WindowsBuiltInRole.Administrator);

and if it does not, run a new instance as admin and exit:

static void RunAsAdmin()
    ProcessStartInfo proc = new ProcessStartInfo
        UseShellExecute = true,
        WorkingDirectory = Environment.CurrentDirectory,
        FileName = Process.GetCurrentProcess().MainModule.FileName,
        Verb = "runas"



A simple WIX installer that runs custom actions on install and uninstall.

Below I provided the source code of WIX installer that shows the license, installation directory and runs custom actions on install and uninstall:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Wix xmlns="">
    <Product Id="*" Name="My Game" Language="1033" Version="" Manufacturer="SharLines Corporation" UpgradeCode="...">

        <Property Id="WIXUI_INSTALLDIR" Value="INSTALLFOLDER" ></Property>
        <WixVariable Id="WixUILicenseRtf" Overridable="yes" Value="License.rtf"/>
        <UIRef Id="WixUI_InstallDir"/>

            <Custom Action="InstallService" After="InstallFiles">(NOT Installed) AND (NOT REMOVE)</Custom>
            <Custom Action="UninstallService" After="InstallInitialize">(NOT UPGRADINGPRODUCTCODE) AND (REMOVE="ALL")</Custom>
        <CustomAction Id="InstallService" Return="check" Impersonate="yes" Execute="deferred" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER" ExeCommand="[INSTALLFOLDER]$(var.MyService.TargetFileName) parameters..."/>
        <CustomAction Id="UninstallService" Return="check" Impersonate="yes" Execute="deferred" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER" ExeCommand="[INSTALLFOLDER]$(var.MyService.TargetFileName) parameters..."/>

MyService is project referenced by my wixproj in VS2015. If Impersonate=”yes” the command is run as the current user, if “no”, the command is run as “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM“. INSTALLFOLDER is defined as follows:


Installing Google Play Services on a Windows 10 with MS VS2015

If Android support is enabled in MS VS2015, it installs Android SDK without Google Play Services and I did not find an option in SDK Manager that installs them. When I started “C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\SDK Manager.exe” with admin privileges, it automatically offered to install some 9 packages:


Multiple views with OsgQtQuick

I wrote a sample application using OsgQtQuick that shows the Earth in two views:

with the following QML, that I copied from OsgQtQuick samples:


Qt Quick Controls 2 does not support TableView

Qt Quick Controls 2 does not support TableView and looks like they are not going to support it, some notable missing features from Qt Quick Controls 1 also are Action, SplitView and TreeView, so the following QML code would not work:

TableView {

    TableViewColumn {
        role: "time"
        title: qsTr("date/time:")
        width: parent.width - 30

    TableViewColumn {
        role: "score"
        title: qsTr("result:")
        width: 30

    model: boardModel.list

    ScrollIndicator.vertical: ScrollIndicator { }

But there is a solution with ListView, so there can be something like this: