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Dear all

 I think  the following two   class declarations   are same.

1.   TSample = Class

2   TSample =  Class(Tobject)

When i saw some delphi  coding in uint Dbtables( code  given below)

In one class the delare as   TBDECallback = class

and the other  class   delared as      TSessionList = class(TObject)

I think there is some specifice reason behind this

Can canbody explain this?

Thanx in   advance



  TBDECallback = class
    FHandle: hDBICur;
    FOwner: TObject;
    FCBType: CBType;
    FOldCBData: Longint;

    FOldCBBuf: Pointer;
    FOldCBBufLen: Word;
    FOldCBFunc: pfDBICallBack;
    FInstalled: Boolean;
    FCallbackEvent: TBDECallbackEvent;
    function Invoke(CallType: CBType; CBInfo: Pointer): CBRType;
    constructor Create(AOwner: TObject; Handle: hDBICur; CBType: CBType;
      CBBuf: Pointer; CBBufSize: Integer; CallbackEvent: TBDECallbackEvent;
      Chain: Boolean);
    destructor Destroy; override;

{ TSessionList }

  TSessionList = class(TObject)
    FSessions: TThreadList;

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You are right. "class" and class(TObject)" is exactly the same.

I use it this way:

// this is a forward declaration of the class
// i am not sure if (TObject) is allowed here
TMyClass = class;

TMyAnotherClass = class(TObject)
  // so it can be used here
  FMyObject: TMyClass;

// to emphasize that this is not a forward declaration (TObject) is used here
TMyClass = class(TObject)

So it is all a question of programming style and many Delphi programmers are sloppy with that.

From the Delphi 7 help:
A class type declaration has the form

type className = class (ancestorClass)

where className is any valid identifier, (ancestorClass) is optional, and memberList declares members--that is, fields, methods, and properties--of the class. If you omit (ancestorClass), then the new class inherits directly from the predefined TObject class.
So it is NOT sloppy, it is purely optional.

Geoff M.
With sloppy i mean that the programmers often mix the use of "class" and "class(TObject)" in their sources.
That is definitely sloppy and bad style.
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Spurious, I agree. Still not convinced about the sloppy though - I worry more about other types of programming flaws such as lack of error handling/checking.

Geoff M.
This goes usually hand in hand. The cleaner the style the better the error handling.
A clean style indicates a programmer who cares about details. No wonder such a guy writes sources with less errors.
I have cleaned the style of the Jedi Code Library and the Jedi VCL. I know.

I have some comments but I'll leave them out of this topic discussion. Suffice to say I agree in principle but not in this specific example.


Dear   gmayo

 It is True . But My  Question is somewhat different.
we agree   Mr. robert_marquardt  's Point also.

But my pt of view i thought   in    VCL files without any sigle reason they dddnt add  a  single line.
That is why i raise that question?

Thanks for your comments

Sorry, you've lost me completely there. What are you asking?
This form of declaration:

TSomeObject = Class;     (note ';' - ending of declaration)

is usually used as FORWARD declaration - you can use this identificator in declaration of other class before it's real definition to avoid circular referring

Example from stdctrls.pas

  TButtonControl = class;   /// forward declaration

  TButtonActionLink = class(TWinControlActionLink)
    FClient: TButtonControl;             //// we can use it!

 TButtonActionLinkClass = class of TButtonActionLink;

  TButtonControl = class(TWinControl)
    function GetActionLinkClass: TControlActionLinkClass; override;

(real definition)

Ah. Had the original example had a semicolon after the declaration I would have spotted it. As it didn't, I assumed it was a full declaration, just without the rest of the class. Amazing how a single character can change the whole picture...

Geoff M.

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