TChilkatEmailBundle Delphi ActiveX Reference Documentation

TChilkatEmailBundle

Represents a collection of Email objects.

Importing the Chilkat ActiveX into Delphi

Important: Whenever upgrading to a new version of Chilkat, make sure to re-imported ActiveX DLL into Delphi to regenerate the files described below.

Two things are required to use an ActiveX in Delphi:

  1. The ActiveX DLL needs to be registered via regsvr32 on the system where the Delphi application runs. See How To Register ActiveX DLLs for detailed information.
  2. The ActiveX component needs to be "imported". Use the Delphi Import Component Wizard to import the Chilkat type library. This creates the following files: Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas and Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.dcr. The Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas should be added to your project.

To import the Chilkat type library, do the following:

  1. In the Delphi RAD Studio, select the menu item "Component" --> "Import a Type Library".
  2. Find "Chilkat ActiveX v9.5.0" in the list and select it. This will only appear in the list if the ChilkatAx-9.5.0-win32.dll (or ChilkatAx-9.5.0-x64.dll) has been registered w/ regsvr32.
  3. Check the "Generate Component Wrappers" checkbox.
  4. Select a directory where the unit files (.pas and .dcr) will be generated.
  5. Select "Create Unit" and then "Finish".
  6. Add the .pas to your Delphi project.

To use a Chilkat ActiveX object in your Delphi code, add "Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB" to the "uses" statement. For example:

uses
  Winapi.Windows, Winapi.Messages, System.SysUtils, System.Variants, System.Classes, Vcl.Graphics,
  Vcl.Controls, Vcl.Forms, Vcl.Dialogs, Vcl.StdCtrls, Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB;

Object Creation

// This is the new standard way of instantiating Chilkat ActiveX objects in Delphi.
// If this syntax produces an error, download and test using the latest version of Chilkat.

var
obj: TChilkatEmailBundle;
...
begin
obj := TChilkatEmailBundle.Create(Self);
...
// When finished, free the object instance.
obj.Free();

Properties

property DebugLogFilePath: WideString

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

property LastBinaryResult: OleVariant readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The binary data returned by the last (binary data returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepBinaryResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large varbinary results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting large amounts of data returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for binary properties).

property LastErrorHtml: WideString readonly

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

property LastErrorText: WideString readonly

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

property LastErrorXml: WideString readonly

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

property LastMethodSuccess: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of 1 indicates success, a value of 0 indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = 1 and failure = 0.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to 1. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

property LastStringResult: WideString readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The string return value of the last (string returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepStringResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large string results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting long strings returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for string properties).

Long Strings Returned by ActiveX Methods in SQL Server

property LastStringResultLen: Integer readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.53

The length, in characters, of the string contained in the LastStringResult property.

property MessageCount: Integer readonly

The number of emails in this bundle.

property VerboseLogging: Integer

If set to 1, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is 0. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

property Version: WideString readonly

Version of the component/library, such as "9.4.1.42"

Methods

function AddEmail(email: TChilkatEmail): Integer;

Adds an email object to the bundle.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function AddMimeBytes(mimeBytesOrText: OleVariant): Integer;

Adds an email to the bundle object. The mimeBytesOrText is the email in MIME format.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function FindByHeader(headerFieldName: WideString; headerFieldValue: WideString): TChilkatEmail;

Returns the first email having a header field matching the headerFieldName and headerFieldValue exactly (case sensitive). If no matching email is found, returns nil.

function GetEmail(index: Integer): TChilkatEmail;

Returns the Nth Email in the bundle. The email returned is a copy of the email in the bundle. Updating the email object returned by GetEmail has no effect on the email within the bundle. To update/replace the email in the bundle, your program should call GetEmail to get a copy, make modifications, call RemoveEmailByIndex to remove the email (passing the same index used in the call to GetEmail), and then call AddEmail to insert the new/modified email into the bundle.

IMPORTANT: This method does NOT communicate with any mail server to download the email. It simply returns the Nth email object that exists within it's in-memory collection of email objects.

function GetUidls(): TCkStringArray;

Returns a StringArray object containing UIDLs for all Email objects in the bundle. UIDLs are only valid for emails retrieved from POP3 servers. An email on a POP3 server has a "UIDL", an email on IMAP servers has a "UID". If the email was retrieved from an IMAP server, the UID will be accessible via the "ckx-imap-uid" header field.

function GetXml(): WideString;

Converts the email bundle to an XML document in memory. Returns the XML document as a string.

Returns a zero-length WideString on failure

function LoadTaskResult(task: TChilkatTask): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Loads the email bundle from a completed asynchronous task.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function LoadXml(filename: WideString): Integer;

Loads an email bundle from an XML file.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function LoadXmlString(xmlStr: WideString): Integer;

Loads an email bundle from an XML string.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function RemoveEmail(email: TChilkatEmail): Integer;

Removes an email from the bundle. This does not remove the email from the mail server.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function RemoveEmailByIndex(index: Integer): Integer;

Removes the Nth email in a bundle. (Indexing begins at 0.)

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function SaveXml(filename: WideString): Integer;

Converts each email to XML and persists the bundle to an XML file. The email bundle can later be re-instantiated by calling MailMan.LoadXmlFile

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

procedure SortByDate(ascending: Integer);

Sorts emails in the bundle by date.

procedure SortByRecipient(ascending: Integer);

Sorts emails in the bundle by recipient.

procedure SortBySender(ascending: Integer);

Sorts emails in the bundle by sender.

procedure SortBySubject(ascending: Integer);

Sorts emails in the bundle by subject.