ABC for Delphi Year 2000 Compliance
The following information is a guide to obtaining the best
performance from ABC for Delphi as we approach the new millennium.
To obtain the functionality described below you must upgrade
to release 3.0.5, shipped on April 7 1998, or a later version. This
release is a free update for customers currently using ABC Version 3.
Our components can be used in different ways in many different
operating configurations and applications. Therefore we are unable
to warrant any compliance or operability of our components with
regard to the Year 2000. For details of our specific product
warranties, please consult our License
Agreement, attached at the end of this page. We recommend that
you undertake your own compliance testing with any third party
software product, including our own.
Most ABC components that allow display, entry or calculations
using dates do so using the underlying capabilities of Delphi, the
Borland Database Engine and Windows. In most cases this implies that
the current century is applied whenever a two-digit year is entered.
Display of two digit years is ambiguous and should be avoided in
your PC configuration.
For more details of Inprise’s Year 2000 compliance, please
refer to the Inprise
Online Year 2000 Home Page
Date-Specific ABC Components
This describes the behaviour of specific components that have
date functionality in ABC Version 3.
Some ABC components in release 3.0.5 of ABC for Delphi have been
tested operating with dates before, at, and after January 1 2000. In
this test they demonstrated consistent behaviour throughout the date
The TLauncher component allows dates to be set using subrange
types of day, month and year.
Prior releases had a TYear type defined as 1..2050.
In release 3.0.5 this range is increased to 1..9999.
In all other date or day related behaviour, TLauncher relies on
the underlying Delphi and Windows operating system functions.
TDBRangeEdit and TnpRangeEdit
These two components behave in the same way. They allow immediate
range filtering by typing a closed or open-ended range in text,
which is then applied to filter the display range of records using
the current index of a table.
Prior releases have a problem with open ended date ranges (ie.
typing "1/1/98-"). The closing date of the range was
calculated at the end of the current century. This would cause dates
in the next century not to display.
In release 3.0.5 the closing date of an open-ended range is
calculated using 12/31/9999. In our test this correctly sorted and
displayed a continuous range of dates across the turn of the
Please note that any two-digit year typed into this control in a
date range is interpreted using the current century from Windows.
Four digit years can be entered, for instance
"31/12/1990-31/12/2010". Interpretation of these formats
relies on the underlying Delphi, Borland Database Engine and Windows
This component allows entry of a range filter in a dialog box,
automatically showing start and end values of an index.
There is no specific ABC functionality applied to dates in this
control. Date values are entered, formatted and displayed using the
underlying Delphi, Borland Database Engine and Windows settings.
Tips for Year 2000 Performance
- If you haven’t already done so, we recommend setting the
Windows Regional Settings from the Control Panel to show four
- Your Delphi applications can explicitly set date formats using
the Date/Time formatting variables:
We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
should you need specific advice or assistance in developing Year
2000 compliant applications.
- You may want to size grids and other data entry controls to
show a four-digit year by default.
- We have found that date formats in SQL expressions depend very
much on the underlying DBMS and sometimes on the DBMS client
middleware. For Interbase we have found that formatting date
strings as DD-MMM-YYYY provides an unambiguous international
format acceptable to the database. Other DBMS’s may behave
- The Borland Database Engine has configuration parameters for
dates. To set these on a single PC you need to run the BDE
Administrator and go to the Configuration|System|Formats|Date
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