System::OleVariant is a C++ implementation of the Delphi intrinsic type System::OleVariant.
OleVariant = class(Variant);
class OleVariant : protected Variant;
System::OleVariant is a special descendant of the Variant class that is used to represent COM interfaces or data that is passed over a COM interface. System::OleVariant inherits from Variant as a protected class so that it can prevent operations on AnsiString objects, which are not compatible with COM.
System::OleVariants can contain integer values, real values, string values, boolean values, date-and-time values, and Automation objects. In addition, System::OleVariants can contain arrays of varying size and dimension with elements of any of these types.
The special System::OleVariant value Unassigned is used to indicate that a System::OleVariant has not yet been assigned a value, and the special System::OleVariant value Null is used to indicate unknown or missing data.
A System::OleVariant can be combined with other System::OleVariants and it can be constructed from any of the following data types. The compiler automatically performs the necessary type conversions.
When an System::OleVariant contains an Automation object, the System::OleVariant can be used to get and set properties of the object, and to invoke methods on the object.
System::OleVariant variables are always initialized to be Unassigned when they are first created. This is true whether a System::OleVariant variable is global, local, or part of a structure such as an array.
Note that while System::OleVariants offer great flexibility, they also consume more memory than regular variables, and operations on System::OleVariants are substantially slower than operations on statically typed values.
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