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Re: .dfm files check in as text in CVS leads to any corruption?

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: .dfm files check in as text in CVS leads to any corruption?
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 22:25:39 -0400 (EDT)

Mark D. Baushke writes:
> If there are "Delphi/C++Builder Forms", I would
> have thought those to be derived objects rather
> than primary source files to be controlled.

No, the .dfm file is the actual definition of the form.  By default,
Borland stores it in an opaque binary format for no apparently good
reason, but, to their credit, they also provide an option to store it
in a nice, plain text format that is amenable to CVS operations.

> Here is how you may be able to answer your own
> question...

Like Visual Basic, Delphi is marketed as point and click programming for
people who don't know enough to use a real programming language, so it's
not clear that the targeted users would even know what a "text editor"
is, let alone how to use one. :-)

Fortunately, it was written by real programmers, so other real
programmers can ignore all the point and click nonsense and actually
use it to do real work.  Not that I would know, mind you....

-Larry Jones

I've never seen a sled catch fire before. -- Hobbes

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