I am refactoring a financial product. I have a set of 6 fields that appear many times through the program (amount, start date, cost-of-living adjustment, etc). sometimes these are individual edit components and sometimes they are columns in a grid. As per usual all sets require the same basic set of validations and error responses.
I currently use functions to perform the validations. I see some advantages to moving these functions into a class so that each field set is represented by an instance of the class. But my question is how to best "link" or relate each of the fields - VCL edit components - to the class instance so that an onchange event in the editor would launch the appropriate validation method.
I get a bit fuzzy with class design when the properties are object references which is what would seem to be required here. As stated above I am looking for a recommended means for linking field components to the class instance so that component events can trigger validation methods. Please let me know if more details are needed regarding the nature of the problem.
Currently in Delphi 2007 but can upgrade if new features offer a better solution.