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Prestwood IT Newsletter Oct 2008 Issue - Delphi Edition


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Simple Habits Save Lots of Pain
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We developers sometimes get "on a roll." We know exactly what we need to do, and the code just flies off our fingertips. Later, though, we find ourselves in trouble...

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Developing Web Servers with Delphi
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Using Data Topic:
Code Snippet of the Month

Use SetWindowRgn API call to make a round form. The SetWindowRgn function sets the window region of a window. The window region determines the area within the window where the operating system permits drawing. The operating system does not display any portion of a window that lies outside of the window region.

Simply use this function in the FormCreate event:

procedure TForm.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);


R1 := CreateEllipticRgn(1, -1, Width - 1, Height);
R2 := CreateEllipticRgn(50, 50, Width - 50, Height - 50);
  CombineRgn(R2, R1, R2, RGN_XOR);

SetWindowRgn(Handle, R2, True);
Delphi for Win32 Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Delphi for Win32 Roadmap

Official Delphi and C++Builder Roadmap from Codegear.

OOP Topic:
Question: What is the difference between private and strict private?


Private visibility means members are invisible outside of the unit. In OO terms, this is how Object Pascal implements friendly classes (visibility to the private members of another class). To implement true private members in Delphi 1-7, put each class in a separate unit (most developers didn't bother).

Strict Private visibility means that private members within a class are visible ONLY within the class declared. In OO terms, this is true private visibility.

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