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copy instance of any control at runtime

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i am trying to write a grid where i can put any control on it. that means i have to create an new instance of any control at runtime but with all data that the source control had. the newinstance function does not what i expect.

so i tried it in this way

function CreateControlCopy( tc:TControl ):TControl;
var
  AStream:  TMemoryStream;
  mData:    PTypeData;
begin
  Result := nil;
  AStream := TMemoryStream.Create;
  try
    AStream.WriteComponent(tc);
    mData:=GetTypeData(PTypeInfo(tc.ClassInfo));
    RegisterClass(TPersistentClass(mData^.ClassType));
    AStream.Position:=0;
    Result := TControl(AStream.ReadComponent(NIL));
  finally
    AStream.Free;
  end;
end;

this function is quiet ok but it losts the parent. that means if i have a combobox for example with items defined i get an error. :(

does anyone know how to solve this problem ?

thanks

dejan

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 Streamed objects loose their parents. You can reset the parent with a simple assignment (XXXX.Parent := XXXX). What happens when you do this?

  Steven
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 I'm sorry, I only meant that as a comment (but I checked the wrong box accidentally). Please reject it as an answer, (unless of course it solves your problem (unlikely)) and accept my appologies.

  Steven.
 

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well the error occures while reading the stream. that means the function stream.readcomponent tries to load properties that need a parent to be assigned but the function does not recognize that is has no parent in the stream (that may be a bug of delphi).
so i'm sure that i have to solve my problem in another way than to write and read in a stream. and i'm looking for this other way!

dejan
Can't do this with Assign ?

Commented:
You can't use assign, cos you don't know the class type.
You'd only get the properties set that are present in TControl.

Commented:
I'll try submitting this as an answer, although it doesn't copy event assignments. Reject it if you need more.

function CopyControl (Ctrl : TControl) : TControl;
var
  CtrlClass : TControlClass;
  CtrlName  : STRING;
  Stream    : TMemoryStream;
begin
  Stream := TMemoryStream.Create;
  CtrlClass := TControlClass(Ctrl.ClassType);
  Result := CtrlClass.Create(Ctrl.Owner);
  CtrlName := Ctrl.Name;
  Ctrl.Name := '';
  Stream.WriteComponent(Ctrl);
  Ctrl.Name := CtrlName;
  Stream.Seek(0, soFromBeginning);
  Result.Parent := Ctrl.Parent;
  Stream.ReadComponent(Result);
  Stream.Free;
end;

Regards,

Erik.

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Commented:
sperling  - Is that really your name or are you s.perling?
Anyway...

TControlClass looks a bit funky.  Hw should one use it, and how does it know what class to create?

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hi sperling i'm really gratefull for this, the function does now that what i expected. this TControlClass is a really funny thing.

thank you for this answer

dejan as gnom
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