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Expert Delphi

By : Paweł Głowacki
Book Image

Expert Delphi

By: Paweł Głowacki

Overview of this book

Delphi is the most powerful Object Pascal IDE and component library for cross-platform native app development. It enables building natively compiled, blazingly fast apps for all major platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you want to build server-side applications, create web services, and have clear GUIs for your project, then this book is for you. The book begins with a basic primer on Delphi helping you get accustomed to the IDE and the Object Pascal language and will then quickly move on to advanced-level concepts. Through this book, we’ll help you understand the architecture of applications and will teach you the important concepts of the FireMonkey library, show you how to build server-side services, and enable you to interact with the Internet of Things. Towards the end, you will learn to integrate your app with various web services and deploy them. By the end of the book, you will be able to build powerful, cross-platform, native apps for iOS and Android with a single code base.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Getting low-level with WebBroker

The most simple and generic web server development framework in Delphi is WebBroker. It is the underlying technology for many specialized web service types that you can build with Delphi, such as SOAP XML Web Services and DataSnap. If you create a new web server app with the New WebBroker App wizard, you can implement arbitrary HTTP server functionality. In our case, that will be a simple web service that will provide REST API access to the To-Do data.

Click on the File | New | Other... menu items in the IDE and double-click on the New Web Server Application wizard in the WebBroker category, as shown in the following screenshot:

New Web Server Application wizard in New Items

Check the option to add Linux support to the project on the first page of the wizard:

Platforms selection in the "New Web Server Application" wizard

On the second...