The only new feature in MMX

The move of MMX turned out to be very welcomed in the Delphi community. Over 3000 downloads during the first 48 hours are just overwhelming and unfortunately led to some interim drop outs of the web server. Apologies for that. I will talk to the web hoster about this and see if we can get this a bit more stable in the future.

The original plan was to release with the exact same feature set as the then current version of MMX with just the licensing removed and all the references to ModelMaker Tools BV rewired to the new home. Well, that didn’t work out exactly like that. There is one new little feature in V13 that somehow slipped through. I doubt that many of you long time users found it unless you actually scrutinized the option dialog, so let me explain what it is and what it does.

This is a screenshot of the Pascal Sorting options dialog with the checkbox Group and sort uses highlighted. With this option checked any Format Uses Clause action (default Ctrl-Alt-U) will resolve unit aliases and expand unit scope names. Then units are grouped by scope names and sorted by group in the order given by the projects options scope names entry. For example:

will be changed to

As with the original uses clause formatting this works only when there are no conditional defines inside the uses clause.

I implemented this feature more as a exercise to become familiar with the code and somehow forgot to exclude it from the release. It also is not fully complete, because the only way to influence the grouping and order is to adjust the unit scope names of the project, where a project specific settings file (or a new entry in the dproj file) would be more appropriate. So I guess this will be completed in one of the next releases.

Now as it is public I hope it might be useful for some of you.

Author: Uwe Raabe

Addicted to Pascal/Delphi since the late 70's