The Prefix Registry
Each Delphi component that is created must have a unique name. For
instance, there cannot be two components called TEdit on the component
Palette at one time.
The commonly used solution to this problem is to prepend your
initials, or the initials of your company, to each component you make.
For instance, using this scheme a component might be called AATEdit,
rather than just plain TEdit.
Of course, a problem can occur if two people choose to use AA as
the preface their component names with the letters AA. Certainly it is
less likely that two people with the initials AA will chose the same name
for their components, but conflicts could still occur.
One solution to this problem is to start a registry where you can
reserver a set of initials for your own name. This registry actually
exists at this time, under the name The Prefix Registry, at the following
I want to emphasize that this is not an official Borland site, and
I have not yet garned a promise from the developers at Borland that
they will in fact respect the prefixs registered at this site.
However, if you use this site, you will considerably lower the chances
of ever running into a conflict that would prevent people from using
If you have questions about this matter, send me a message: Charlie Calvert
. I realize that this is a subject that can cause considerable
anger and confusion, but I ask you to consider that I am writing this
column, and hence stepping into the midst of this controversy, in an
attempt to save people trouble! I want to work with the Delphi and
CBuilder community, and Delphi and CBuilder R&D, to find the best
possible solution to this problem.