[fpc-devel] Parameters must match exactly?

Flávio Etrusco flavio.etrusco at gmail.com
Fri May 14 16:50:08 CEST 2010

On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 11:45 AM, Graeme Geldenhuys
<graemeg.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I tried using FPC 2.5.1 today to see how compatible is our application with
> it compared to FPC 2.4.1
> I got stacks of the following errors.  Why is this change forced in FPC
> 2.5.1?  TBulkInvoiceRateListForm class is a descendant of TfpgWindowBase so
> there should be a problem. I don't understand. :-/
> -------------
> frm_bulkinvoiceratelist.pas(84,77) Error: Call by var for arg no. 2 has to
> match exactly: Got "TBulkInvoiceRateListForm" expected "TfpgWindowBase"
> fpg_base.pas(2207,31) Hint: Found declaration:
> TfpgApplicationBase.CreateForm(TComponentClass,out TfpgWindowBase);
> frm_bulkinvoiceratelist.pas(307) Fatal: There were 1 errors compiling
> module, stopping
> --------------------
> To get my code to compile again, I have to change the following code from
>  fpgApplication.CreateForm(TBulkInvoiceRateListForm, BulkDiscountListForm);
> ...to this...
>  fpgApplication.CreateForm(TBulkInvoiceRateListForm,
>    TfpgWindowBase(BulkDiscountListForm));
> Now I have to include ugly casts all over the place. :-(
> I got similar issues with TStrings and TStringList. TStringList is a
> descendant of TStrings, but I can't pass a TStringList type as a parameter
> to a method declared with TStrings.
> Maybe I don't understand the var parameter correctly (but haven't tested to
> see what happens if I remove var from parameter list). If I have a class
> instance, when should I pass it to a method or function/procedure as var
> and when don't I need to use var parameters?
> Regards,
>  - Graeme -
> --

I thought this feature was an improvement over Delphi too. But IIRC
the argumentation was that it generated confusion, as somebody could
think a reintroduced method would be invoked instead of the base one.
I guess there was some other more compelling reason, but I can't
remember right now, but I'm positive this was already brought up on
the list.

Best regards,

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