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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)

Sensing the world

Delphi comes with the System.Sensors unit, where all kinds of possible sensors are defined. Similarly to the FMX.Platform unit, the System.Sensors also has ifdefs in its implementation and a uses clause for different platforms including Android and iOS.

There is main TSensorManager class that acts as a gateway to all sensor information. It has a Current: TSensorManager class property that is used to reference all sensor information. At the top of the System.Sensors unit, you can find a TSensorCategory enumerated type that provides the top level categorization of all possible sensors:

TSensorCategory = (Location, Environmental, Motion, Orientation, Mechanical, Electrical, Biometric, Light, Scanner);

Within each category there are different sensor types, so each category has its own enumerated type as well. All specialized sensor types derive from an abstract...