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Compile SQLite for WinRT with FTS4 unicode61 support

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I was experimenting with the FTS3/FTS4 feature of SQlite in a WinRT app. The default tokenizer ‘simple’ wont tokenize special character like $, @, etc. The solution is to use ‘unicode61’ tokenizer. Unfortunately the SQLite installer for WinRT8.1 comes without unicode61 tokenizer. I searched a lot to get a SQlite WinRT build that supports unicode61 but I was not lucky enough to get one, so I decided to build one myself.

Tim Heuer have a great post explaining about creating a build of SQLite for WinRT, I went through that and acquired all the tools to build, including the SQLite source code. I did exactly the same way Tim explained in the video, finally I got my build. But again it has the same issue, not supporting unicode61 tokenizer. I tried several builds and all these time I build with DSQLITE_ENABLE_FTS4_UNICODE61=1 and other flags I mentioned below.

After several attempt with so many permutations and combinations, I got it working. Tim’s video is a very good reference for building SQLite for WinRT. But if you want unicode61 support then follow the below steps, it’s same as Tim’s explained with some exclusion.

  1. mkdir c:\sqlite
  2. cd sqlite
  3. fossil clone sqlite3.fossil
  4. fossil open sqlite3.fossil
  5. fossil checkout winrt, never issue this command, it will never include unicode61
  6. Added this step to enable unicode61 tokenizer. Append the below config to Makefile.msc, you can see some config already existing append the below config to it.




  7. Compile the code by issuing nmake -f Makefile.msc sqlite3.dll FOR_WINRT=1


I could build X86 and X64 using VS2012 command prompt for X86 and X64. But when I tried to compile for ARM I was getting some errors, I was fortunate enough to find a solution in StackOverflow. Followed that solution and I got the SQLite builds for X86, X64 and ARM.

I don’t want to spend time in creating a vsix package and install it in my machine, instead I took the backup of SQLite for WinRT version 3.8.5, in my machine the installed path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1\ExtensionSDKs\SQLite.WinRT81. Then went into each folder and replaced the lib and sqlite dll with the respective builds I created.

Leave your comments if you have any questions.


Happy coding…

Written by Sony Arouje

July 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Posted in .NET, WinRT

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WinRT TextBlock with HyperLinks

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I was doing some experiments with Window 8 app development. I wanted to show the text in a TextBlock with any URL as a clickable hyperlink, so that user can click on it and navigate to that webpage. We can do this easily via xaml as shown below. I googled a lot to find a way to do the same in MVVM approach. With no solution in hand I decided to come up with a solution using Attached Properties.

<TextBlock x:Name="textValue" TextWrapping="Wrap">
         <Run Text="This is an example of how Hyperlink can be used in a paragraph of text.
               It might be helpful for you look to"></Run>
         <Hyperlink NavigateUri="">bing</Hyperlink>
         <Run Text="for more answers in the future."></Run>


I am using Caliburn Micro to bind the text, so the above approach will not suit my requirement. The solution I come up with is Custom Attached Properties. In the Attached properties I applied the above logic but via code. Have a look at the code.

using System;
using System.Text;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Documents;

namespace Test.App.AttachedProps
    public class HyperLinkedTextBlock
        public static string GetText(TextBlock element)
            if (element != null)
                return element.GetValue(ArticleContentProperty) as string;
            return string.Empty;

        public static void SetText(TextBlock element, string value)
            if (element != null)
                element.SetValue(ArticleContentProperty, value);

        public static readonly DependencyProperty ArticleContentProperty =
                new PropertyMetadata(null, OnInlineListPropertyChanged));

        private static void OnInlineListPropertyChanged(DependencyObject obj, 
             DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
            var tb = obj as TextBlock;
            if (tb == null)
            string text = e.NewValue as string;

            if (text.ToLower().Contains("http:") || text.ToLower().Contains("www."))
                AddInlineControls(tb, SplitSpace(text));

        private static void AddInlineControls(TextBlock textBlock, string[] splittedString)
            for (int i = 0; i < splittedString.Length; i++)
                string tmp = splittedString[i];
                if (tmp.ToLower().StartsWith("http:") || tmp.ToLower().StartsWith("www."))

        private static Hyperlink GetHyperLink(string uri)
            if (uri.ToLower().StartsWith("www."))
                uri = "http://" + uri;

            Hyperlink hyper = new Hyperlink();
            hyper.NavigateUri = new Uri(uri);
            return hyper;

        private static Run GetRunControl(string text)
            Run run = new Run();
            run.Text = text + " ";
            return run;

        private static string[] SplitSpace(string val)
            string[] splittedVal = val.Split(new string[] {" "}, StringSplitOptions.None);
            return splittedVal;


In the above code I analyze the text for urls after splitting it, you can also do it using RegEx. As this code is just for protyping, I didn’t pay much attention to the quality of it.

In the xaml page I refer this attached property as shown below.



In the Textblock, bind the text via the attached property as shown below.

<TextBlock conv:HyperLinkedTextBlock.Text="{Binding TextVal}"/>


If the TextVal has any words that starts with ‘http:’ or ‘www.’ then the above Custom Attached Property will create a HyperLink other wise create a Run control and add it to the Inline collection of the TextBlock.


Happy coding…

Written by Sony Arouje

July 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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