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Constructors, who is right?

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In the Delphi 7 help file it states:

"Create constructs an object. The purpose, size, and behavior of objects differ greatly. The Create constructor defined by TObject allocates memory but does not initialize data."

In Mastering Delphi 7 by Marco Cantu he says (on pg. 54) under Constructors:

"All of the data of the new instance is set to zero."

My question is, does the alllocated memory get initialized to zero, or not?

Regards,

Bill
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Yes, it does.

Any constructor defined by the key word constructor creates memory for the object and sets all bytes to 0. By saying it does not initialize data they mean that it does not set properties to predefined values. For Example. the default and stored keywords for published properties is not related;

property Color:TColor read FColor write FColor; default clGreen;

the constructor will not default the value to clGreen. This merely indicated that if the value equals the default value then do not stream it to a DFM

you still need to place

constructor createl
begin
  FColor := clGreen;
end;

otherwise it = 0
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