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I want to pass a command from a vb app to a delphi app.

I want to pass a string to my delphi app when it is called.

I need code to store this string as a variable.
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Question by:fibdev
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by:Epsylon
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Use ParamStr(i) to get commandline parameter i. ParamStr(0) is the command itself. ParamCount returns the number of parameters, excluding PAramStr(0).
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by:toesable
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This is one way

k := Paramcount;
while (i <= k) do
  begin
    argp := ParamStr(i);
    if (argp = '-help') then begin
      ...
    end;
    inc(i);
  end;
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by:toesable
ID: 2539359
Oh, forgot, in case you don't know, this goes in your dpr file before Application.run statement.
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by:TheNeil
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Actually toesable it can go anywhere in the application

fibdev - I don't know how you launch another application in VB but from Delphi you'd need to run your application with something like ShellExecute and pass your parameter as a command line parameter. toesable and epsylon have covered how you get the data back OUT but didn't mention how you'd actually get the parameter IN from your VB code. As I said, I don't know VB but the ShellExecute command in Delphi would go something like:

ShellExecute(nil, 'Open', 'Filename.exe', '-help', '', SH_SHOW);

As this is an API call you SHOULD be able to use it from VB

The Neil
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by:fibdev
ID: 2539713
In vb I would be passing the paramater like so:

Dim X   'Variable
Dim aParam As String  ' Variable for the paramter
Dim dApp As String 'Variable for the delphi app to run

aParam = "%1"
dApp = "c:\mydelphiapp.exe"
X = Shell(dApp & " " & aParam, vbHide)
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Alisher_N earned 50 total points
ID: 2539747
%1 is a var by itself (used in .BAT files)  ;-)
probably you have to use

aParam = "This_String_needed_for_Delphi_Application"
dApp = "mydelphiapp.exe"
lX = Shell(dApp & " " & aParam, vbHide)

later in mydelphiapp you can get it via

var
   ParamFromVB : String;

begin
   ParamFromVB := ParamStr(1);
  if ParamFromVB ='' then ShowMessage( 'empty command line option' )
else DoMyCoolStuff;
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by:fibdev
ID: 2539785
Alisher,

I've changed my mind on how I want to do this, so ... how do I accept the param from a shell extention?

I want to set paramFrom = %1 {the variable from my shell extention}
var
   ParamFrom : String;

begin
   ParamFrom := ParamStr(1);
  if ParamFrom ='' then ShowMessage( 'empty command line option' )
else DoMyCoolStuff;




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by:toesable
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Thankyou theneil.  Didn't know...
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by:fibdev
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Thanks Alisher,

I used your example, it worked great.

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