How to create a DATASOURCE property

I want to know how to create a datasource property in an own written component and to access the datasource, that means how to get the data from ttable or tquery ?
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angererAsked:
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icampbe1Commented:
Declare a PROPERTY  of type TDataSource in your component.  Make if reference a private field like FDataSource: TDataSource.  In the components constructor, create the DataSource object, and be sure to free it in the component's destructor.  You can then use the properties and methods of your DataDource property to do whatever you want.

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angererAuthor Commented:
I am sorry but this is the stand of information i had before too. The documentation on this problem is not very good (or i am blind) and therefore i do not know how to access the data with this FDataSource.
It would be wonderfull if you have some code example and can help me with that.

Anyway - thank you very much

DI Bernhard Angerer
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icampbe1Commented:
Yes, It Works!  I'm not sure what you don't understand.

TYPE
   TAngerer = CLASS( Whatever )
   PRIVATE
     FDSource: TDataSource;
   PUBLIC
     CONSTRUCTOR Create(...);    {<---THis is up to you}
     DESTRUCTOR Destroy;   Override;
     PROPERTY DataSource: TDataSource  Read FDSource;
   END;

IMPLEMENTATION

CONSTRUCTOR TAngerer.Create(...):
BEGIN
   FDSource := TDataSource.Create( Self );
END;

DESTRUCTOR TAngerer.Destroy;
BEGIN
   FDSource.Free;
END;

Now, use your object....

XX ;= TAngerer.Create(....);
XX.DataSource := SomeTTable;  {Or whatever}

I hope this is more clear!

Ian C.

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angererAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for your efford but,
let us inherit TAngerer from TEdit and please show me how i can assign the Text property with let as say the NAME column from the table ANIMALS.DBF (example table from delphi). In the text field should than appear 'Angel Fish' when the cursor is standing on the first position.

Thanks
bernhard
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brittainCommented:
I'll assume you're trying to create a data-aware control.  

If so, you should check the Delphi docs & source for TFieldDataLink.  This is the class which actually does the data access.  In your class, the Datasource property is just a string.

Example from the source (TDBEdit):

constructor TDBEdit.Create(AOwner: TComponent);
begin
  inherited Create(AOwner);
  inherited ReadOnly := True;
  ControlStyle := ControlStyle + [csReplicatable];
  FDataLink := TFieldDataLink.Create;
  FDataLink.Control := Self;
  FDataLink.OnDataChange := DataChange;
  FDataLink.OnEditingChange := EditingChange;
  FDataLink.OnUpdateData := UpdateData;
end;

function TDBEdit.GetDataSource: TDataSource;
begin
  Result := FDataLink.DataSource;
end;

procedure TDBEdit.SetDataSource(Value: TDataSource);
begin
  FDataLink.DataSource := Value;
  if Value <> nil then Value.FreeNotification(Self);
end;

Clearly there is other code you need.  But not much.  I recommend Ray Konopka's book on developing custom controls, but the docs have a partial example.

Scott



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icampbe1Commented:
I'm sorry, I thought you said that you wanted to use a datasource within a control and perhaps to access a ttable from there.  I didn't know that you wanted to know how to make a control data aware.

Ian C.

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angererAuthor Commented:
Thank you...
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