GetActiveOleObject question

Posted on 2004-09-29
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am trying to use an Activex object in my application.
The VB sample coming with the object works properly opening an Application and a Document; the sample sounds like this:

Dim App, Data, pathToDoc
    Set App = GetObject(, "XXXXX.Application")
    pathToDoc = App.GetActiveDocPath

    If pathToDoc="" Then 'if no data file exists
    End If
    Set Data = GetObject(pathToDoc) '..where pathToDoc is the full name of the Document referenced by the object

And I get full controll over the Data object

I don't know how to code in Delphi
Set Data = GetObject(pathToDoc)

Can anyone help me?
Question by:dciambrone

Accepted Solution

php4delphi earned 250 total points
ID: 12183661
Delphi has no exact equivalent for GetObject function. If you want execute Application (there is no active application running) you have to use CreateOleObject function, otherwise GetActiveOleObject function.
For example,

procedure StartOrLinkToWord;
 V: Variant;
  V := GetActiveOleObject('Word.Application');
  V := CreateOleObject(Word'.Application');

 // Do something with V here...

Author Comment

ID: 12188432
My question is:
With the previous Activex version I used the Delphi method CreateOleObject and everithing was OK.
The new release of the activex has some problems and I am trying to work around the problem waiting for this problems to be fixed.
The above VB code works fine; is there a way to let Delphi work anyway?
Thanks in advance

Assisted Solution

david_barker earned 250 total points
ID: 12189481
You can't exactly do the same with Delphi.
What VB does with GetObject when you just supply a filename is to determine the application to start and the object to activate, based on the file name you provide.
In Delphi, you will have to know the classname of this application, ie. "Word.Application" if the file is a Word document.

procedure Test;
  App       : Variant;
  pathToDoc : Variant;
  Data      : Variant;
  if pathToDoc='' then // if no data file exists
    // .....
  Data.Open(pathToDoc);   // Open might be the correct method in your case

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