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Delphi/VB/VS.NET-style ObjectInspector Control

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A Delphi-Style Object Inspector
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Introduction

This control is an implementation of a Delphi/VB/VS.NET - Style Object-Inspector. I use this control in many of my applications' property pages to let the user quickly change application settings. I've tried to keep things as simple as possible, although usage of this control may look a bit strange at first sight - the interfaces of the control doesn't resemble the interfaces of other MFC controls, since it's intended to be special purpose control for changing properties only.

The documentation is sparse, because I do not have much time to write documentation. However, the included demo is hopefully a help in understanding how to use the features of the control.

Features

The control supports many build-in property types (although adding your own propery-types should be no problem) :

  • bool
  • short
  • int
  • float
  • double
  • CString
  • CStringList
  • COLORREF
  • COleDateTime

Usage

To use this control in your own application, add CObjectInspector.cpp, CColorButton.cpp and CColourPopup.cpp to your project file. Open the resource editor and place a custom control on your dialog. In the control's properties enter "ObjectInspectorCtrl" as window-classname. Add a CObjectInspector variable to your dialog class :

CObjectInspector m_OI;

Add a DDX_Control handler to your DoDataExchange function :

void CMyDlg::DoDataExchange(CDataExchange* pDX)
{
	CDialog::DoDataExchange(pDX);
	//{{AFX_DATA_MAP(CMyDlg)
	DDX_Control(pDX, IDC_OI, m_OI);
	//}}AFX_DATA_MAP
}

Override OnInitDialog to customize the Object-Inspector and to add groups and properties :

BOOL CMyDialog::OnInitDialog()
{
	CDialog::OnInitDialog();

	CObjectInspector::CProperty *pGroup;
	
	// Create new property group
	m_OI.AddProperty (pProp = new CObjectInspector::CProperty("Group"));

	// Add properties to the group
	pProp->AddProperty (new CObjectInspector::CProperty("Integer-Value", &m_nIntValue));
	pProp->AddProperty (new CObjectInspector::CProperty("Bool Value", &m_bBoolVal));
}

Override OnNotify to receive notification messages from the control :

BOOL CMyDialog::OnNotify(WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam, LRESULT* pResult) 
{
    if (wParam == IDC_OI)
    {

       CObjectInspector::NM_OIVIEW *nmHdr = (CObjectInspector::NM_OIVIEW*) lParam;

       // OIVN_ITEMCHANGED is sent after the user has changed a property
       if (nmHdr->hdr.code == OIVN_ITEMCHANGED)
       {
           // Do some stuff (use nmHdr->pProperty to access the altered property)
       }

       // OIVN_ITEMCHANGING is sent when the user is currently editing a property
       if (nmHdr->hdr.code == OIVN_ITEMCHANGING)
       {
           // Do some stuff (use nmHdr->pProperty to access the currently edited property)
       }
    }
	
    return CDialog::OnNotify(wParam, lParam, pResult);
}

Known issues

Navigation with the cursor keys is quite unsatisfactorily.

Acknowledgments

  • Chris Maunder for his color picker
  • Keith Rule for his Memory DC class

License

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Gunnar Bolle
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralRemaining Errors that Need to be Fixed.... Pinmemberchris17529-Apr-06 7:09 
GeneralFix: Entering in negative values for Shorts and Integers Pinmemberchris17521-Apr-06 7:24 
GeneralFix: Entering in negative values for Floats and Doubles Pinmemberchris17521-Apr-06 7:07 
QuestionHow to change the Scroll Amount Pinmemberchris17521-Apr-06 7:02 
GeneralColor Popup Flaw... Pinmemberchris17521-Apr-06 6:59 
GeneralChange This to Fix Check Button Pinmemberchris17519-Apr-06 4:39 
GeneralUse this to update data after closing control Pinmemberchris17519-Apr-06 2:51 
Isn't it so annoying when you are using this control and you have to click away for this stupid thing to update. In my situation I have this as a properties dialog box and I will have the user modify the properties and then close the dialog. The control would never gets the last changed control so I added this function to the ObjectInspector class inside a public section and I call it just before the dialog box is closed.

void CObjectInspector::UpdateEditingProperty()
{
	if (m_pEditingProperty != NULL)
		m_pEditingProperty->EndEdit();
}


Chris

-- modified at 9:28 Wednesday 19th April, 2006
GeneralBug in CalculateScrollRange PinmemberEinstand16-Aug-05 0:13 
GeneralBug reports part 2. - The Fixes PinmemberYogurt11-Aug-03 4:37 
GeneralBug reports (even if the author doesn't update this article...) PinmemberYogurt11-Aug-03 3:24 
Generalsmall bug PinsussDaniel Harth6-Jun-03 3:38 
QuestionUpdate? Pinmemberhero3blade26-May-03 17:31 
GeneralDelete Property - Dynamic PinsussAnonymous3-Aug-02 0:50 
GeneralSomething wrong with the link. PinmemberAnonymous26-Sep-01 0:24 
GeneralWin95 problems PinmemberAnonymous6-Aug-01 10:41 
QuestionBroken link?? PinmemberAnonymous6-Aug-01 10:15 

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