Building Components 1, 2 & 3

Published in the September through November 1997 issues of C++Builder Developers Journal, Building Components is a tutorial article series devoted to the development of VCL components for the C++Builder Rapid Application Development IDE. This series of articles provided background information, instructions and sample code showing how to implement both non-visual and visual components. This article series generated a great deal of interest from the readership. Many people found the text of the articles, combined with the working sample code, to be helpful. The third installment of the series appeared on the front page of the November issue of C++BDJ.

Part 1 of the series covers introductory concepts. It explains Design-State and run-time issues that the software must manage. Working software distributed with the article provided additional details and demonstrated the basic concepts involved in the creation of component libraries and their integration into the C++Builder RAD environment.

Part 2 of the series demonstrates the development of a working GUI component.

Part 3 completes the series by demonstrating the development of custom property and component editors, help files and a custom icon.

To view scans of the original printing, click on the thumbnails below. Hover your cursor near the bottom of the image to activate the image controls.

Ziff Davis has copies of the articles available on their C++Builder Developers Journal web site:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3