Class type of Owner of component

Hi all,

How do I tell what the owner class type is for my component?  I'm doing this:

constructor TPAG_FormCaptionBar.Create(AOwner: TComponent);
begin
  inherited Create(AOwner);
  ShowMessage(AOwner.ClassName);
end;

And it is ALWAYS showing me TForm1 - not TForm.   And when I drop the component onto a TPanel, it's still saying TForm1.

Isn't the owner of the new component the container I dropped it into?  

Thanks very much.

Pag
PAG_PromaxAsked:
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atul_parmarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>>And it is ALWAYS showing me TForm1 - not TForm.   And when I drop the component onto a TPanel, it's still saying TForm1.

This is because your current form is derived from TForm. and your form is the owner of the component you dropped not the Tform.

>>Isn't the owner of the new component the container I dropped it into?  
The container is a parent of the component you dropped. The owner will be the form.

I would suggest to read on Ownership and Parent relationships.
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TNameConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>I would suggest to read on Ownership and Parent relationships.
The best possible suggestion.

For instance:
http://delphi.about.com/od/objectpascalide/l/aa031301a.htm

>And it is ALWAYS showing me TForm1 - not TForm.
Yes, and this is why:
var
  Form1: TForm1;  
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tobjectpascalCommented:
ShowMessage('Class Name '+Panel1.Parent.ClassName);

If Panel1 is placed on say a Groupbox, it will say Groupbox.
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PAG_PromaxAuthor Commented:
Hi folks,

Thanks for the replies.  I'll definately read that link you sent, TName.  Special thanks to atul_parmar for the good explanation.

Maybe I should explain what I'm trying to do.  I'm writing a control which I only want to have dropped on a form.  If it's put on anything else, it will raise an exception and free itself.  What I am trying to do is check that the parent is a TForm and not something like a TPanel.

Sorry, I should have said that in the first place.

I'll have a read through the website now, and read a bit more in my books.  

Thanks again,

Pag.
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PAG_PromaxAuthor Commented:
Now I understand the Parent/Owner basics, I have changed my control so no matter what I drop the control onto, it always parents to the form.  So I dont need to raise an exception or anything, because it's always going to be right.

Thanks very much for your help.  I'll split the points on this one between TName and atuk_parmar.

Cheers!

Pag
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