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I'm having trouble with the FindComponent() function in Delphi 3.

I have 2 forms in my application, Form1 and Form2.  One form 1 I have an array of components that I want to access from Form2.

Here's sample code from Form2 trying to accessing the component  on Form1:

if Form1.Edit1.Text = '' then exit;

This works fine, and life is great.  However, I said that there was an array of components on Form1, and I need to cycle through them from Form2.  Example:

for Ctr := 1 to 4 do begin
  if Form1.Edit (insert Ctr's value here).Text = '' then exit;
end;

Of course the above code will not compile, but it gives you an idea of what I'm trying to do.

In the past, I typically have used the FindComponent function in such situations.  I  have tried the following code, but I keep getting "Access Violation" errors whenever program execution reaches this function:

for Ctr := 1 to 4 do begin
  if (FindComponent('Form1.Edit' + IntToStr(Ctr)) as TEdit).Text = '' then exit;
end;

Why does the above trip an exception when the following code does not trip any exceptions?:

if Form1.Edit1.Text = '' then exit;
if Form1.Edit2.Text = '' then exit;
if Form1.Edit3.Text = '' then exit;
if Form1.Edit4.Text = '' then exit;

If I try using the problem code on Form1 (instead of Form2), then this code works fine:

for Ctr := 1 to 4 do begin
  if (FindComponent('Edit' + IntToStr(Ctr)) as TEdit).Text = '' then exit;
end;

Any suggestions/ideas?

Thanks.
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gmayo earned 300 total points
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Perhaps you need to call it like this:
for Ctr := 1 to 4 do begin
 if (Form1.FindComponent('Edit' + IntToStr(Ctr)) as TEdit).Text = '' then exit;
end;

...ie use the Form1's FindComponent rather than Form2's FindComponent (which presumably would only search its own components).

Geoff M.
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by:Kapusta
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That solved the problem!  Much thanks.  :-)
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