TChilkatStringTable Delphi ActiveX Reference Documentation

TChilkatStringTable

A memory efficient class for holding a large number of strings (accessible by index). The primary use is as a read-only table of strings that is built once and then used by the application.

This class is introduced in Chilkat v9.5.0.62.

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

Properties

property Count: Integer readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

The number of strings in the table.

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.

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 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 Append(value: WideString): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Appends a string to the table.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function AppendFromFile(maxLineLen: Integer; charset: WideString; path: WideString): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Appends strings, one per line, from a file. Each line in the path should be no longer than the length specified in maxLineLen. The charset indicates the character encoding of the contents of the file, such as "utf-8", "iso-8859-1", "Shift_JIS", etc.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function AppendFromSb(sb: TChilkatStringBuilder): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Appends strings, one per line, from the contents of a StringBuilder object.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

procedure Clear();

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Removes all the strings from the table.

function SaveToFile(charset: WideString; bCrlf: Integer; path: WideString): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Saves the string table to a file. The charset is the character encoding to use, such as "utf-8", "iso-8859-1", "windows-1252", "Shift_JIS", "gb2312", etc. If bCrlf is 1, then CRLF line endings are used, otherwise LF-only line endings are used.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

function SplitAndAppend(inStr: WideString; delimiterChar: WideString; exceptDoubleQuoted: Integer; exceptEscaped: Integer): Integer;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Splits a string into parts based on a single character delimiterChar. If exceptDoubleQuoted is 1, then the delimiter char found between double quotes is not treated as a delimiter. If exceptEscaped is 1, then an escaped (with a backslash) delimiter char is not treated as a delimiter.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

StringTable SplitAndAppend Example

function StringAt(index: Integer): WideString;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.62

Returns the Nth string in the table. The index is 0-based. (The first string is at index 0.)

Returns a zero-length WideString on failure