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Creating and Registering the Modified Component

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You create every component the same way: you create a unit, derive a component class, register it, and install it on the Tool palette. This process is outlined in Creating a New Component.

For this example, follow the general procedure for creating a component, with these specifics:

  • Call the component's unit Memos.
  • Derive a new component type called TWrapMemo, descended from TMemo.
  • Register TWrapMemo on the Samples page of the Tool palette.
  • The resulting unit should look like this:
unit Memos;
 
interface
 
uses
  SysUtils, WinTypes, WinProcs, Messages, Classes, Graphics, Controls,
  Forms, StdCtrls;
 
type
  TWrapMemo = class(TMemo)
  end;
 
procedure Register;
 
implementation
 
procedure Register;
begin
  RegisterComponents('Samples', [TWrapMemo]);
end;
 
end.
#include <vcl.h>
#pragma hdrstop
#include "Yelmemo.h"
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
#pragma package(smart_init);
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
// ValidCtrCheck is used to assure that the components created do not have
// any pure virtual functions.
//
static inline void ValidCtrCheck(TYellowMemo *)
{
  new TYellowMemo(NULL);
}
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
__fastcall TYellowMemo::TYellowMemo(TComponent* Owner)
: TMemo(Owner)
{
}
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
namespace Yelmemo
{
  void __fastcall PACKAGE Register()
  {
    TComponentClass classes[1] = {__classid(TYellowMemo)};
    RegisterComponents("Samples", classes, 0); 
  }
}
#ifndef YelMemoH
#define YelmemoH
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
#include <sysutils.hpp>
#include <controls.hpp>
#include <classes.hpp>
#include <forms.hpp>
#include <StdCtrls.hpp>
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
class PACKAGE TYellowMemo : public TMemo
{
  private:
  protected:
  public:
  __published:
};
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------
#endif

If you compile and install the new component now, it behaves exactly like its ancestor, TMemo. In the next section, you will make a simple change to your component.

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