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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)

Reinventing your GUI, also known as mastering Firemonkey controls, shapes, and effects

As you have surely understood by now, FireMonkey is a completely new graphics library that allows a completely new way of thinking about your GUI. During my FireMonkey training, one of the first exercises that I gave to the class was: Please look for the strangest FireMonkey control in the Tool Palette. It is quite a strange exercise, but the reason for this is really important: you must realize as soon as possible that FireMonkey is not a cross-platform VCL; it is a new beast with new possibilities and new things to know. So, you have to rethink your GUI architecture because many patterns used in the last 5, 10, 15, or more years of VCL development now may be simply obsolete or are no longer the best things to do. For instance, you have to display a pie chart with some user interaction and...