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delphi override default streaming of published properties

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Hi,

we have TPersistent class of published property which we don't want to stream at designtime but to stream in runtime. First idea is to somehow override streaming and to detect csDesigning:
When it is csDesigning then not to stream but not csDesigning -> stream.

thank you,
vojko cendak
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by:Thommy
ID: 39219025
Yes, I also suggest using csdesigning to solve your problem:

Use it as follows...
if csDesigning in ComponentState then
    ShowMessage('Design-time')
  else
    ShowMessage('Runtime');

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by:vojkocendak
ID: 39219779
The property is already published and part of then dfm streaming mechanism.
I want to override the streaming of the property. I found a solution
to include function stored

TCustomTag=class(TComponent)
published
  mypropname:string read fprop write fprop stored getIsStored:
end;

// designing -> doesn't store, in runtime it stores
function TCustomTag.getIsStored: Boolean;
begin
  result := not  (csDesigning in ComponentState)
end;

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I thought I could just override the streaming with:
  Filer.DefineProperty(' mypropname',myReadProperty,myWriteProperty,true);

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but if I do that it actually streams two properties with name ' mypropname' not my
defined property. I'm not sure.

thank you
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by:House_of_Dexter
ID: 39224510
Stored directive decides whether the value is stored in the dfm...You can view the form as text...Alt f12 or right click on the form and click on View As Text.  You can see the values of the published properties

Your
Filer.DefineProperty(' mypropname',myReadProperty,myWriteProperty,true); 

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should  be in override of procedure TCustomTag.DefineProperties(Filer: TFiler); override;

Check out this article by Steve and Xavier on how to handle streaming of component data...

http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=28278
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by:vojkocendak
ID: 39224792
I though that also, but here's test component, where I want to override Value property.
I get TWO Values in component string stream !?
(Delphi2009ent)

tmyobject=class(TComponent)
  private
    fValue: variant;
    fq: word;
    procedure Readproperty(Reader: TReader);
    procedure Writeproperty(Writer: TWriter);
    function asStoreVariant: Boolean;
  protected
    procedure DefineProperties(Filer: TFiler); override;
  public
  published
    property Value:variant read FValue write FValue stored asStoreVariant;
    property Quality:word read fq write fq;
end;

implementation

function ComponentToStringProc(Component: TComponent): string;
var
  BinStream:TMemoryStream;
  StrStream: TStringStream;
  s: string;
begin
  BinStream := TMemoryStream.Create;
  try
    StrStream := TStringStream.Create(s);
    try
      BinStream.WriteComponent(Component);
      BinStream.Seek(0, soFromBeginning);
      ObjectBinaryToText(BinStream, StrStream);
      StrStream.Seek(0, soFromBeginning);
      Result:= StrStream.DataString;
    finally
      StrStream.Free;
    end;
  finally
    BinStream.Free
  end;
end;



procedure tmyobject.Readproperty(Reader: TReader);
begin
  FValue := Reader.ReadString;
end;

procedure tmyobject.Writeproperty(Writer: TWriter);
begin
    writer.WriteString('should override published value'); // ?
end;


function tmyobject.asStoreVariant: Boolean;
begin
  result := not (csDesigning in ComponentState); // <== this one works
end;

procedure tmyobject.DefineProperties(Filer: TFiler);
begin
  Filer.DefineProperty('Value', Readproperty, Writeproperty, true);
end;

procedure TForm1.btnButton1Click(Sender:TObject);
var
  lobj: tmyobject;
  S: string;
begin
  lobj := tmyobject.Create(nil);
  try
    lobj.FValue := 123455;
    lobj.Quality := 192;
    XML := ComponentToStringProc(lobj);
    Memo1.Text := Memo1.Text+XML;
  finally
     lobj .free
  end;
end;

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thank you
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House_of_Dexter earned 1000 total points
ID: 39226889
You don't need it in both published and in the DefineProperties...move Value to public...and it should work...

-Rick
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by:vojkocendak
ID: 39227272
I want to explain myself more thoroughly, what we need:

When we work in designtime, we don't want  to store Value. But we need value in runtime streaming, because it's being transferred automatically by other CS framework, which streams all published properties (Value included), without additional programming.  So we can use same model of component.

This is so far we can explain.

Thank You

-Vojko
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Expert Comment

by:Ephraim Wangoya
ID: 39232137
Remove the property from Published section, just make it public

Then on ReadProperty and WriteProperty, check for csDesigning
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Author Comment

by:vojkocendak
ID: 39245912
OK, although it was not the way we intended we accept this as partly solution.
The solution was "stored getIsStored", beacuse we don't want to have public -> published property, only published, because we need it in other CS framework and NOT designtime.

thank you
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