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ListVies.SaveToFile ??

Hi there, I need to save the contents of a ListView with multiply columns, I have thought of
saving each column by coping the contents of a column to a TStringList and then save in a new file, so the file would look something like this

[Column1]
.
.
.
.


[Column2]
.
.
.
.


The file gets rather big, so isn't there a better way to do that?
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Question by:koger
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by:ronit051397
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erajoj earned 50 total points
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Hi,
Here's a very simple solution, using TStringList.CommaText:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject); // save
var
  List1, List2: TStringList;
  iRow, iCol  : Integer;
begin
  List1 := TStringList.Create;
  List2 := TStringList.Create;
  for iRow := 0 to ListView1.Items.Count - 1 do
  with ListView1.Items[ iRow ] do begin
    List1.Add( Caption );
    for iCol := 0 to SubItems.Count - 1 do List1.Add( SubItems[ iCol ] );
    List2.Add( List1.CommaText );
    List1.Clear;
  end;
  List2.SaveToFile( 'c:\listviewcontents.dat' );
  List1.Free;
  List2.Free;
  ListView1.Items.Clear; // not necessary except for this example...
end;

procedure TForm1.Button2Click(Sender: TObject); // load
var
  List1, List2: TStringList;
  iRow, iCol  : Integer;
begin
  List1 := TStringList.Create;
  List2 := TStringList.Create;
  List2.LoadFromFile( 'c:\listviewcontents.dat' );
  ListView1.Items.BeginUpdate;
  for iRow := 0 to List2.Count - 1 do
  with ListView1.Items.Add do begin
    List1.CommaText := List2[ iRow ];
    if List1.Count > 0 then begin
      Caption := List1[ 0 ];
      for iCol := 1 to List1.Count - 1 do SubItems.Add( List1[ iCol ] );
    end;
  end;
  List1.Free;
  List2.Free;
  ListView1.Items.EndUpdate;
end;

/// John
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by:lavar
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var
  Stream: TFileStream;
begin
{++Save ListView items++}
Stream := TFileStream.Create('ListView1.dat', fmCreate);
Stream.WriteComponentRes('Items', ListView1);
Stream.Destroy;

{++Load ListView items++}
Stream := TFileStream.Create('ListView1.dat', fmOpenRead);
Stream.ReadComponentRes(ListView1);
Stream.Destroy;
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by:koger
ID: 1337655
Very good answer

The only problem is that the code is very very slow, it can take more than ten minuttes to load a file with about 1000 columns and 8 rows, the problem is not your code, but TListView's add procedure it's very slow I have tried using AllocBy, but it didn't help.
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by:erajoj
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Hi,
I think there are some speed improved listviews on DSP or Torry's.
Look them up, I hope they might speed up things for you...
You can also use beginupdate/endupdate on the TStringLists to speed up things some.

/// John
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by:menorcanet
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lavar's code works really well, just what I was looking for. thanks!
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