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Hiding ancestor methods

Posted on 1998-05-26
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Is there any way to hide/disable the methods and properties when creating a component based on another component ?
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by:ssite
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Yeap. If the methods are virtual (can be overriden).

For methods :

Override the method, then just don't call inherited.

For properties

publish the same property (exact name), use both a get and a set function and just don't do anything. (for the get - return something)

Why do you want to do this ?
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by:JustinCase
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This does not remove the method from the object inspector (I tried it with the OnClick). I should have mentioned that.

I'm creating a specific protocol component from a Serial Com component and do not want public access to a number of methods.

I hope I can avoid cleaning old source.


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OnClick for your knowledge is an EVENT, not a method. To hide onclick (tough) I think you should just inherit from a level which doesn't publish it. Most TCUSTOMXXXX components don't publish anything.

Try it.
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by:d003303
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Yo,
there are four privacy levels of an object. Private, protected, public and published. All methods, properties and events can be moved one or more levels into the "visible direction", but not back. Example: You inherit a component from TPanel and it would be possible to hide the owner property. This component would never work because other components on a form need to read this property. To ensure that all objects behave at least like their ancestors (this is polymorphism, e.g. the Sender variable in a TNotifyEvent can carry any TObject descendant, but mostly they are components), this is not allowed.

If you only want to hide published properties or events in object inspector at design time, re-publish them as e.g.
   property Caption : string read FCaption;
and add a private variable
   FCaption : string;
to fool object inspector. The caption property is still read AND writeable (because of polymorphism), but object inspector thinks it is read-only and hides the property at design time.

Have fun,
Slash/d003303
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