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Hi

I didn't get an answer to my last question, so I'm trying again from a different approach.  How can I add a visual component to a non visual component and make it visible at both design time and runtime?

I am talking about adding a TGauge to a TReport.

I have done the following:

type
  TJRptMeter = class(TReport)
  private
    { Private declarations }
    FGauge: TGauge;

etc etc...

constructor TJRptMeter.Create(AOwner: TComponent);
begin
     inherited Create(AOwner);
     FGauge := TGauge.Create(Self);
     FGauge.Parent := Self;
     FGauge.Visible := True;
     FGauge.Height := 25;
     FGauge.ForeColor := clRed;
end;

The line FGauge.Parent := Self produces the error "Type Mismatch".  Also the Gauge does not become visible even at runtime.  Any ideas about what I need to do???
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Question by:jdthedj
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by:JimBob091197
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Hi

As you probably know, TReport inherits from TComponent.  That's why you can't assign the gauge's parent to the report.  A visible control's (the gauge) parent must be a visible control, not a TComponent.

Try setting FGauge.Parent := Self.Owner;

JB
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by:jdthedj
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Hi JimBob - thanks for the reply.  I tried that, but I still get the Type Mismatch error.  Any other ideas??
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by:JimBob091197
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Try type-casting it to a TWinControl.

E.g.  FGauge.Parent := TWinControl(Self.Owner);

JB
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by:jdthedj
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Thanks again JimBob

That one works OK, but it GPFs in Complib.dcl when I close the form.  Also is there a way to make it move when I move the TReport it's attached to.  TReport doesn't have Top and Left properties.  Or can I drag it (the TGauge part)?
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by:JimBob091197
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Mmm...  Regarding the GPF, are you freeing the gauge in your report's destructor?  Try setting FGauge.Parent := nil before freeing the gauge.

Regarding the moving when you move the TReport, I don't have anything to suggest, except that you may only want to create the gauge at run-time (check "if (csDesigning in ComponentState) then ...").

The other alternative is not to have the gauge created & owned by the report, but to write a custom gauge which the report can link to.  I.e. have a property on the report called "Gauge" of type TGauge, which the report can use if the report's Gauge property <> nil.

JB
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by:jdthedj
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Hi JimBob

I've spent some time experimenting after your last comments, and I've finally got things working.  I've had to compromise on some of it, but the main thing is it will do what I need.  I want to give you the points, so if you'd like to convert to an answer I'll gladly pass them on.

Thanks again for all your help.

JD
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JimBob091197 earned 400 total points
ID: 1346205
Hi JD

Glad that you got it working.
Did you use "FGauge.Parent := TWinControl(Self.Owner)"?

Cheers,
JB
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Hi JimBob - yes, I did use the TWinControl method. Thanks again
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