Automate Coding Tasks With Duck Typing In Delphi XE8 Firemonkey On Android And IOS

  

Developer Jason S. created a duck typing library for Delphi Firemonkey called Duck Duck Delphi. What duck typing appears to do is automatically test if an object has a property or method and if it does then it can execute code based on that property or method. You should be able to use this library in Delphi XE8 Firemonkey on Android, IOS, OSX and Windows to save you coding time. In practice this allows you to greatly reduce the code that you have to write to accomplish certain tasks. It’s like ‘in code’ automation. For example, you can write a few lines of code to clear all of the edit fields on a form. Here is an example where it tests to see if all of the objects have a SelectAll procedure if and if they do then it uses an anonymous procedure to clear those controls:
  duck.all.can(‘SelectAll’).each(
procedure(obj : TObject)
begin
obj.duck.call(‘SelectAll’);
obj.duck.call(‘DeleteSelection’);
end
);
The alternative to this code would be to manually clear each field one line at a time or to use a for loop to loop through all of the components on the form, test to see if they are of the correct type (like a TEdit), and then run the procedures. Another example from the demo shows how you can set all the controls on a form to Visible False with a single line of code ( Self.Duck.all.has(‘Visible’).setTo(false); ). The library is free with source code and should also work in Appmethod.
Head over and download the full source code to the Duck Duck Delphi library and try it out.
Mirror: Download the Duck Duck Delphi library directly.

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