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Support for ARM on Win 8?

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Will AutoIt support ARM processor based systems on Win 8?

I'm not experienced in programming on ARM (or much on x86), so I'm not sure how to do it or whether it's already supported, but wIth upcoming Win 8 planned to run on both x86 and ARM platforms, I'd like to run scripts on both platforms. Of course, we haven't got public access to Win 8 or ARM systems to run it, so I am asking about plans to support it.

Can anyone provide any feedback, or where to ask?

Thanks for your help.

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AutoIt runs on Windows, if the Windows version that runs on the ARM processors works the same as the WinTel versions, and Windows 8 doesn't break anything with AutoIt, then it should work.


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I'm unsure an ARM will ever come to life any time soon. Same for PPC and other possible "exotic" platforms.

Of course I'm not in the Dev circles and can't put words in their mouth, but realize this would require a completely distinct build process and deep testing on a platform where no version of AutoIt ever run.

Providing a release version for Win 8 also will require the review of all standard UDFs as it appears that many system behavior are likely to change significantly when Win 8 gets final.

So, for me and as informed as I may be, Win 8 AutoIt is certainly not in sight and ARM AutoIt is even much further. Hold your breath at your own risk.


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I do have access to Windows On ARM (WOA), and an ARM box, but unfortunately AutoIt does not work on WOA. WOA is 32-bit, but it is an entirely different animal than x86. It appears we need an AutoIt ARM compiler and there does not appear to be one forthcoming. Perhaps you might put in a feature request to the authors here. I've tried myself, but I don't seem to be correctly expressing my request. Please tell me if you have better luck. FWIW, I'm porting apps to VB scripts for both WOA OS and WinPE in the interim. Good luck.

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You might also want to take at look at the list of "Things Not to Ask For" in TRAC.

That includes support for anything other than the standard windows operating systems. Which of course excludes CE, PE, WOA, Linux, Apple and any others you can think of.


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In point fact I did read what you are referring to and did not see WOA listed. I don't know how familar you are with it, but WOA IS (or will be shortly, not publically released yet) a standard Windows operating system. It installs, run and looks just like any x86/x64 Windows versions. Consequently, I don't understand why this would be considered any different from an x86 or x64 based Windows OS? FWIW, (as you may already know) AutoIt works fine (less any unsupported APIs) under the respective x86 or x64 versions of WinPE also. If you know different though, I guess I'll stop asking. Thanks anyway.

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Supporting Windows on ARM would/will require the same effort as supporting Windows on Mips, PPC, Alpha, Itanic ahem! Itanium and other non x86/x64 platforms, all of them have [had] some "standard" (your word) Windows version available.

Due to probable future raise in need to support Win8 tablets running on ARM it's concievable that the Devs could someday in far future consider investing huge time in porting to ARM and even more time testing the huge set of UDFs and (before that) clone the whole AutoIt build process code base (there's much more than AutoIt C++ core in it), but this is not going to happen anytime soon.

Again I ain't the Dev's spokeperson but realize it won't be an easy decision. Don't forget that MS aims to support SOC (system on chip) for Texas, Qualcom, AMD, Intel, Nvidia and probably other founders. So in the real world, an ideally planned move to support WOA would require to support WOC (Windows on Chip) from every vendor entering this market in the near future.


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PCRE v8.33 regexp documentation latest available release and currently implemented in AutoIt beta.

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SQLite Expert (freeware Personal Edition or payware Pro version) is a very useful SQLite database manager.
An excellent eBook covering almost every aspect of SQLite3: a must-read for anyone doing serious work.
SQL tutorial (covers "generic" SQL, but most of it applies to SQLite as well)
A work-in-progress SQLite3 tutorial. Don't miss other LxyzTHW pages!
SQLite official website with full documentation (may be newer than the SQLite library that comes standard with AutoIt)

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I would have been surprised if there was a ARM compiler already. I was merely trying to gauge interest. MS has VSS tools available, but since I have a substantial presence in WinPE IMHO, nothing beats AutoIt for compactness and simplicity. In fact they've now added .Net support into WinPE so there are other solutions, just none as elegant as this.

Thanks,

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