For a modern example see Delphi VCL Charting in XE5. This page is a legacy Delphi 6/2007 Walkthrough. ProEssentials does work in Delphi6/2007 if this is your IDE.
ProEssentials includes native VCL Delphi Components as well as .NET, ActiveX, and MFC Libraries. Our VCL Delphi Components also work with Builder.
The following information demonstrates how to create your first
ProEssentials Delphi component implementation. It discusses
installation, adding ProEssentials to a project, writing
your first few lines of code, and shows the final results.
Instructions are for Delphi6, installing into later development versions such as Delphi 2007 are similar (pointing Delphi to install package gigasoft.dpk).
When installing the ProEssentials
evaluation and/or product, the setup program installs
the ProEssentials DLL into system32. It also installs the ProEssentials
VCL interfaces into C:\ProEssentials8\Delphi.
Your relevant files are:
|ProEssentials Pro DLL
Constants and Declarations
||Scientific Graph Object
||3D Scientific Graph Object
||Pie Chart Object
|ProEssentials Standard DLL
After installation, launch Delphi and use the File / Close
All, and then File / Open menu to open the file
found in the C:\ProEssentials8\Delphi
directory. You see a window as shown to the left.
Click the "Install" button and the PAS
interfaces are compiled and ProEssentials components
installed into the "Additional" tab.
After the components are installed, use the File / Close All
menu item and save the "Gigasoft" Delphi components package
Next, use the File / New Application menu item to create a
new EXE project.
Next, use the Project / Options...
menu to open the "Project Options" dialog
as shown to the left. Add "C:\ProEssentials8\Delphi"
to the "Search
path" field and select "OK".
Click the "PEGraph" control from the Additional ToolBox and then click and drag a
rectangle selection on Form1's canvas.
The adjacent image shows what you
see. This represents the default state of a ProEssentials
Graph. The default state has one subset with four
data points. In the course of constructing your
own graphs, you'll set the properties Subsets
and Points which define the quantity of
data your graph will hold. You'll then pass data
via the YData[subset, point] two dimensional
property array. The following section shows example
code of passing data. Note, if we were constructing
a Scientific Graph (PESGraph1), we'd also set
ProEssentials uses the terms
Subsets and Points but you can think of these
as Rows and Columns. Passing data is as simple
as filling each Subset with Points worth of data.
Use Delphi's Object Inspector to add the FormShow event handler to the project. Enter the code as shown to the left.
The first two lines set Subsets
and Points. These define the amount of
data you'll be passing.
Next, a nested For-Do loop passes
random data into the YData[s,p] two dimensional
Next, MainTitle and SubTitle
are set. Note that setting SubTitle to an empty
string hides the subtitle. The YAxisLabel
and XAxisLabel are set similarly.
sets the first subset label.  sets the second
Next, we set various other
properties controlling visual aspects.
Finally, PEactions is set
to gReinitAndReset which tells ProEssentials you're
done setting properties.
Use Delphi's Run / Run Menu (short cut F9) and you'll see the
resulting form to the left. Congratulations, you've
just completed your first ProEssentials Delphi components
This example is very simple
and you'll likely set other properties such as:
which will replace the "1,2,3..." along
which controls line styles.
which controls line colors.
PlottingMethod which controls the type of graph created, Line,
Bar, Area, Point, etc.