IDE Window: Extract Procedure

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Abstract: "Extract Procedure" takes some selected pascal statements and creates a new procedure/method from this code. This tool is useful to split big procedures or to easily create a new procedure from some code.

Basic example:

 procedure DoSomething;
 begin
   CallSomething;
 end;

Select the line "CallSomething;" and do Extract Proc. A dialog pop ups and you can select the type and name of the procedure to create. For example: procedure, "NewProc". Result:

 procedure NewProc;
 begin
   CallSomething;
 end;
 
 procedure DoSomething;
 begin
   NewProc;
 end;

You can see, that the new procedure "NewProc" was created with the selection as body and the old code was replaced by a call.

Local Variables and Parameters:
"Extract Proc" scans for used variables and automatically creates the parameter list and local variables. Example:

 procedure TForm1.DoSomething(var Erni, Bert: integer);
 var
   i: Integer; // Comment
 begin
   Erni:=Erni+Bert;
   for i:=Erni to 5 do begin
   |
   end;
 end;

Select the for loop and create a new Procedure "NewProc". The local variable i is only used in the selection, so it will be moved to the new procedure. Erni is also used in the remaining code, so it will become a parameter.

Result:

 procedure NewProc(const Erni: integer);
 var
   i: Integer; // Comment
 begin
   for i:=Erni to 5 do begin
   |
   end;
 end;
 
 procedure TForm1.DoSomething(var Erni, Bert: integer);
 begin
   Erni:=Erni+Bert;
   NewProc(Erni);
 end;

You can see "i" was moved to the new procedure (Note: including its comment) and Erni.

Limitations:
Pascal is a very powerful language, so don't expect it will work with every code. Current limits/ToDos:

  • check if selection bounds on statement bounds
  • "with" statements