[Lazarus] Docked Form

Juha Manninen juha.manninen62 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 10:31:37 CEST 2015

On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 3:13 AM, Maciej Izak <hnb.code at gmail.com> wrote:
> With properly implementing a system of "Docked Form", we can create a very compatible ToolsAPI.

So we need the improved toolAPI before the embedded dockable form designer?

> Can we include in some way Generics.Collections in to Lazarus...?
> Generics.Collections can work with incoming FPC 3.0.

Yes, it can be included inside IFDEFs in Lazarus trunk if really
needed. FPC 2.6.4 must be also supported for some time even when FPC
3.0 is out.
On the other hand I don't see why the dockable form designer would
need Generics.Collections.
Generics already work somehow in FPC 2.6.4, I have used the fgl unit
myself in Lazarus code.

> It will be easier for me now (I changed my job and again I program in Pascal
> :) ). Maybe in the beginning I will gather some key elements in the diagram
> (I need for this 2-3 days). I wonder whether I should override metaclass
> like TForm, TFrame and TDataModule to achieve many effects in FreeSparta
> project. This is one of the most controversial things in Sparta (and key things).

This is all very abstract.
Now I try to figure out what is the best design for the dockable form designer.
Bal√°zs already has working code. If your solution is used, is it in
addition to his code or does it replace it?
In any case we need a patch and a more detailed explanation of what it does!
The question remains: can you participate in practical level?

I still did not get feedback from other Lazarus developers about the
design. That is another open issue.


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