[Lazarus] [OT] How to delete a record/object being used

Joao Morais post at joaomorais.com.br
Tue Sep 9 18:44:21 CEST 2008

Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
> On 9/9/08, Michael Van Canneyt <michael at freepascal.org> wrote:
>>  When you delete AdresType record with ID 1, all ADDRESSES records that have
>>  AddressType =1 will automatically be deleted.
> OK, now the big question which might affect you as well.  How do you
> translate this to tiOPF based applications?  What if you delete an
> AddressType from the database (with cascade delete), but still have
> some objects (Contacts) in memory. They wouldn't know about the
> cascade delete. In tiOPF it's the Object that requests a delete and
> only for that specific object. A cascade delete can delete a lot of
> objects/records, not just itself.  I guess some delete visitor would
> have to be launched as well on any loaded (in memory) objects.

You shouldn't have such problem. Cascade deletes happens only with 
compositions. A composed object is never disposed by itself, but ony 
through its owner. On the other hand, an aggregated object should never 
be disposed by other objects, and when it is disposed, the others that 
reference it should say 'you cannot', stop the process and raise an 

Joao Morais

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