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Delphi Cookbook, - Third Edition

By : Daniele Spinetti, Daniele Teti
Book Image

Delphi Cookbook, - Third Edition

By: Daniele Spinetti, Daniele Teti

Overview of this book

Delphi is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) that supports rapid application development on different platforms, saving you the pain of wandering amid GUI widget details or having to tackle inter-platform incompatibilities. Delphi Cookbook begins with the basics of Delphi and gets you acquainted with JSON format strings, XSLT transformations, Unicode encodings, and various types of streams. You’ll then move on to more advanced topics such as developing higher-order functions and using enumerators and run-time type information (RTTI). As you make your way through the chapters, you’ll understand Delphi RTL functions, use FireMonkey in a VCL application, and cover topics such as multithreading, using aparallel programming library and deploying Delphi on a server. You’ll take a look at the new feature of WebBroker Apache modules, join the mobile revolution with FireMonkey, and learn to build data-driven mobile user interfaces using the FireDAC database access framework. This book will also show you how to integrate your apps with Internet of Things (IoT). By the end of the book, you will have become proficient in Delphi by exploring its different aspects such as building cross-platforms and mobile applications, designing server-side programs, and integrating these programs with IoT.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Giving a new appearance to the standard FireMonkey controls using styles

Since Version XE2, RAD Studio has included FireMonkey. FireMonkey is an amazing library. It is a really ambitious target for Embarcadero, but it's important due to its mid and long-term strategy. VCL is and will remain a Windows-only library, while FireMonkey has been designed to be completely OS and device independent. You can develop one application and compile it anywhere (if anywhere is in Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS; let's say that it's a good part of anywhere).

One of the main features of FireMonkey is customization through styles. A styled component doesn't know how it will be rendered on the screen, because the style is in charge of it. By changing the style, you can change any aspect of the component without changing its code. The relation between the component code and style...