TChilkatGlobal Delphi ActiveX Reference Documentation

TChilkatGlobal

Provides a means for updating global settings that affect all types of Chilkat objects across all instances.

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

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

Properties

property AnsiCodePage: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

The default ANSI code page is determined at runtime based on the computer where the application happens to be running. For example, the ANSI code page for an application running on a Japanese computer is likely to be Shift_JIS (code page 932), whereas on a US-English computer it would be iso-8859-1 (or Windows-1252 which is essentially a superset of iso-8859-1).

If there is a desire for the Chilkat library to use a specific ANSI code page regardless of locale, then this property should be set to the desired code page. The default value of this property is the ANSI code page of the local computer.

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 DefaultNtlmVersion: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Selects the default NTLM protocol version to use for NTLM authentication for HTTP, POP3, IMAP, SMTP, and HTTP proxies. The default value is 2. This property may optionally be set to 1.

Set Default NTLM Protocol Version (v1 or v2)

property DefaultUtf8: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

Applies only to programming languages where each class has the Utf8 property, and where strings are passed and returned as multibyte (null-terminated sequences of bytes). This includes the multibyte C/C++ API, Perl, Python 2.* (not Python 3.*), Ruby, and PHP. This does not include Java, Objective-C, or Python 3.* as all strings in these languages are utf-8. This property has no effect in programming languages or APIs that return Unicode or strings as objects (such as .NET).

A Chilkat class's Utf8 property controls whether strings are returned as utf-8 or ANSI. It also controls how Chilkat is to interpret the bytes of passed-in arguments. It must be set to 0 if the application is passing ANSI strings (i.e. the byte representation is ANSI), and must be set to 1 if the application is passing string arguments using the utf-8 representation.

This global Utf8 property controls the default setting of the Utf8 property for all Chilkat objects. Thus it allows for an application to be entirely in "utf-8 mode" or "ANSI mode" without needing to explicity set the Utf8 property of every Chilkat object instance.

property DnsTimeToLive: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

If DNS caching is enabled, this is the time-to-live (in seconds) for a cached DNS lookup. A DNS lookup result older than this expiration time is discarded, and causes a new DNS lookup to occur. A value of 0 indicates an infinite time-to-live. The default value of this property is 0.

property EnableDnsCaching: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

Controls whether DNS domain lookups (to resolve to IP addresses) are cached in memory. The default value is 0, meaning that DNS caching is disabled.

property KeepBinaryResult: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.53

If set to 1, then the binary data returned by any method will be persisted in memory in the LastBinaryResult property. This allows for an ActiveX running in the SQL Server environment to access large varbinary return values via temp tables. The method would be called, and then the LastBinaryResult property would be fetched to get the full contents of the returned string.

property KeepStringResult: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

If set to 1, then the string returned by any method will be persisted in memory in the LastStringResult property. This allows for an ActiveX running in the SQL Server environment to access large string return values via temp tables. The method would be called, and then the LastStringResult property would be fetched to get the full contents of the returned string.

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.

Concept of LastErrorText

LastErrorText Standard 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 MaxThreads: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The maximum number of thread pool threads. The default value is 100. The maximum value is 500. Note: Asynchronous worker threads are created on as needed up to the maximum.

Thread Pool Size

property PreferIpv6: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.70

If 1, then use IPv6 over IPv4 when both are supported for a particular domain. The default value of this property is 0, which will choose IPv4 over IPv6.

Note: Setting this property has the effect of also setting the default value of the PreferIpv6 property for other classes.

property ThreadPoolLogPath: WideString

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

If set, indicates the path of a log file to be used by the thread pool thread and each of the pool worker threads for logging async activity.

Thread Pool Size

property UnlockStatus: Integer readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Indicates the unlocked status for the last call to UnlockBundle, or any UnlockComponent call. The possible values are:

  1. Not unlocked. (Still in locked state.)
  2. Unlocked with in fully-functional trial mode.
  3. Unlocked using a valid purchased unlock code.

Note: If UnlockComponent or UnlockBundle is called with a purchased unlock code, the UnlockStatus is correctly set to the value 2. This value is intentionally sticky. If a subsequent and redundant call to UnlockComponent (or UnlockBundle) happens, it is effectively a "No-Op" because the library is already unlocked. The UnlockStatus will not change.

If however, if the 1st call resulted in UnlockStatus = 1, and THEN the unlock method is called again with a purchased unlock code, the UnlockStatus should change from 1 to 2.

property UsePkcsConstructedEncoding: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.70

This property should typically be left at the default value of 0. If set to 1, then Chilkat will use a constructed ASN.1 encoding for PCKS7 data. (This is an internal implementation option that normally does not matter, and should not matter. Some PKCS7 receiving systems might be picky, and this option can be used to satisfy this requirement.)

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 "9.5.0.63"

Methods

function DnsClearCache(): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

Clears the global DNS cache.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function FinalizeThreadPool(): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.56

Called to stop and finalize all threads in the thread pool, and causes the thread pool thread to exit.

The following behaviors exist in v9.5.0.64 and later:

  • All remaining asynchronous tasks are automatically canceled.
  • Restores the thread pool to it's pristine state where no background threads are running.

It is a good idea to call this method at the very end of a program, just before it exits. This is especially true for programs written in VBScript and VB6.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function UnlockBundle(bundleUnlockCode: WideString): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

Unlocks the entire Chilkat API for all classes. This should be called once at the beginning of a program. Once unlocked, objects of any Chilkat class may be instantiated and used. To unlock in fully-functional 30-day trial mode, pass any string, such as "Hello", in bundleUnlockCode. If a license is purchased, then replace the "Hello" with the purchased unlock code.

After calling UnlockComponent once, the instance of the TChilkatGlobal object may be discarded/deleted (assuming the programming language requires explicit deletes). Multiple calls to UnlockComponent are harmless. If the Chilkat API is already unlocked, the duplicate calls to UnlockComponent are no-ops.

Note: The TChilkatGlobal's UnlockBundle method should only be called with a Bundle unlock code. If an individual product license was purchased, the UnlockComponent method in the specifically licensed class should be called instead.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Call UnlockBundle Only Once at the Beginning of a Program

Global Unlock