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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)

FireMonkey in 3D

3D programming is where the Delphi mobile development shines. With FireMonkey, we can create fully cross-platform GPU-powered graphical user interfaces using different 3D APIs on different platforms. In this chapter, we are going to add the third dimension to our FireMonkey projects.

This chapter will cover the following points:

  • Using the TViewport component
  • Working with camera and lights
  • Using the TDummy component as a convenient non-visual 3D container
  • Simple 3D shapes
  • 3D controls and material components
  • Using the TModel3D component for importing 3D data from third-party 3D graphics modeling tools

The objective of this chapter is to learn FireMonkey 3D programming and building of interactive cross-platform 3D GUIs.