How to use records with TIdTCPClient in Delphi

Hi,

I'm using Delphi 7 and Indy 9 to send data to a Server. In my code, I use a record that I initialize first and then pass it to the WriteBuffer of WriteStream. Most of the record fields are sent normally except for the string field that seems to send garbage instead of the characters I initialized it with.

Anyone can help me with that? or Is there an example somewhere so that I can base my ork on?

Thanks
unit frmClient;
 
interface
 
uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Variants, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms,
  Dialogs, StdCtrls, IdBaseComponent, IdComponent, IdTCPConnection,
  IdTCPClient, ExtCtrls, IdAntiFreezeBase, IdAntiFreeze;
 
type
  TProcolFrameSend = packed record
    iLength: Integer;
    iType: Integer;
    iID: Integer;
    iControl: Integer;
    iNbrSeries: Integer;
    iNbrParams: Integer;
    iParamLength: Integer;
    sParamValue: string;
  end;
 
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
  // objets and procedures deleted to simplify code...
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;
 
var
  Form1: TForm1;
 
implementation
 
{$R *.dfm}
 
procedure TForm1.cmdConnectClick(Sender: TObject);
  var
    imgStream : TMemoryStream;
    longTrame : integer;
begin
  If tcpClientSkt.Connected Then
  begin
    mStatus.Lines.Add('Already connected to server.');
    Exit;
  end;
  mStatus.Clear;
  mStatus.Lines.Add('Connecting to server');
  try
    tcpClientSkt.Host := 'CMV-10001-11019';
    tcpClientSkt.Port := 5001;
    tcpClientSkt.Connect(5000);
    mStatus.Lines.Add(tcpClientSkt.ReadLn());
  except
    on E: Exception do MessageDlg ('Error connecting to server'+#13+E.Message, mtError, [mbOk], 0);
  end;
end;
 
procedure TForm1.tcpClientSktConnected(Sender: TObject);
begin
  mStatus.Lines.Add('Conneted to server ' + tcpClientSkt.Host);
end;
 
procedure TForm1.FormClose(Sender: TObject; var Action: TCloseAction);
begin
  If tcpClientSkt.Connected Then
  begin
    mStatus.Lines.Add('Deconnecting from server');
    tcpClientSkt.Disconnect();
  end
end;
 
procedure TForm1.cmdDisconnectClick(Sender: TObject);
begin
  If tcpClientSkt.Connected Then
  begin
    mStatus.Clear;
    mStatus.Lines.Add('Deconnecting from server');
    tcpClientSkt.Disconnect();
  end
end;
 
procedure TForm1.tcpClientSktDisconnected(Sender: TObject);
begin
  mStatus.Lines.Add('Disconnected from server');
end;
 
procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  mStatus.Clear;
end;
 
procedure TForm1.Button2Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  FrameSend: TProcolFrameSend;
  inBuf : TMemoryStream;
  i : Integer;
  tempStr : AnsiString;
begin
 
  // Control Info
  FrameSend.iType := 30104;
  FrameSend.iID := 0;
  FrameSend.iControl := 0;
  FrameSend.iNbrSeries := 1;
  FrameSend.iNbrParams := 2;
 
  // param length
  FrameSend.iParamLength := StrLen(PChar(ListBox1.Items[ListBox1.ItemIndex]));
  // Frame total lenght
  FrameSend.iLength := 28 + FrameSend.iParamLength;
 
  // Parameter value, the name of a file to be sent by the server
  FrameSend.sParamValue := ListBox1.Items[ListBox1.ItemIndex];
 
  If tcpClientSkt.Connected Then
  begin
    try
 
      tcpClientSkt.OpenWriteBuffer(-1);
      tcpClientSkt.SendBufferSize := FrameSend.iLength;
      tcpClientSkt.WriteBuffer(FrameSend, FrameSend.iLength, true);
      tcpClientSkt.CloseWriteBuffer();
 
      inBuf := TMemoryStream.Create;
      tcpClientSkt.ReadStream(inBuf);
      inBuf.Position := 0;
 
      mStatus.Lines.Add('Document received');
 
    finally
      if tcpClientSkt.Connected then inBuf.Free;
    end;
  end;
end;
 
end.

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JohnjcesCommented:
If you download the Indy demos, there is a sample application called SendReceiveRecords as I recall, that sends binary images.

Might be exactly what you need to base your work form.

http://www.indyproject.org/demos/index.html

John
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Thanks. The demos really helped.
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