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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 address book

The most valuable information in our smartphone is arguably all our contact information. Before backing up a phone to a cloud was so common, when you lost a phone or got a new one, the first thing was to find a traditional paper address book and enter all your contacts again and again.

Luckily, this is not something that we need to worry about so much today. There is cloud storage and backup, but also it is possible to write an app that could manage our address book. FireMonkey comes with the TAddressBook component that makes it easy to add, modify, delete, or just list all contacts in our device.

The TAddressBook component on the tool palette

This component is declared in the FMX.AddressBook unit and its architecture follows the FireMonkey standard pattern for implementing a cross-platform service. Under the hood, the AddressBook component is just an...