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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)

Working with inherited views

When we design the form, it is the same for all platforms, form factors, and orientations. We can preview how the form is going to look on different platforms, but the design is the same. FireMonkey Form Designer lets us define inherited views that are specific to a given platform and the form factor. Next to the Style combo box at the top of the Form Designer there is another combo box, View. Here we can add to our form additional form files that are specific to a given platform and a form factor.

Every form always has a built-in Master view. From the list we can add additional views.

Available inherited views in the FireMonkey Form Designer

Let's add the iPhone 4" and Android 7" Tablet views to the FormContact design. The selected choices will now be listed in the Created category:

Available inherited and created views in the FireMonkey...