The Program Heading

The program heading specifies a name for the executable program. It consists of the reserved word program, followed by a valid identifier, followed by a semicolon. The identifier must match the project source file name.

The following example shows the project source file for a program called Editor. Since the program is called Editor, this project file is called Editor.dpr.

program Editor;

uses Forms, REAbout, // An "About" box REMain; // Main form

begin

Application.Title := 'Text Editor'; Application.CreateForm(TMainForm, MainForm); Application.Run; end.

The first line contains the program heading. The uses clause in this example specifies a dependency on three additional units: Forms, REAbout, and REMain. The $r compiler directive links the project's resource file into the program. Finally, the block of statements between the begin and end keywords are executed when the program runs. The project file, like all Delphi source files, ends with a period (not a semicolon).

Delphi project files are usually short, since most of a program's logic resides in its unit files. A Delphi project file typically contains only enough code to launch the application's main window, and start the event processing loop. Project files are generated and maintained automatically by the IDE, and it is seldom necessary to edit them manually.

In standard Pascal, a program heading can include parameters after the program name:

program Calc(input, output);

Borland's Delphi ignores these parameters.

In Delphi 8 for .NET, a the program heading introduces its own namespace, which is called the project default namespace. This is also true for the library and package headers, when these types of projects are compiled for the .NET platform.

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