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Delphi GUI Programming with FireMonkey

By : Andrea Magni
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Book Image

Delphi GUI Programming with FireMonkey

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By: Andrea Magni

Overview of this book

FireMonkey (FMX) is a cross-platform application framework that allows developers to create exciting user interfaces and deliver applications on multiple operating systems (OS). This book will help you learn visual programming with Delphi and FMX. Starting with an overview of the FMX framework, including a general discussion of the underlying philosophy and approach, you’ll then move on to the fundamentals and architectural details of FMX. You’ll also cover a significant comparison between Delphi and the Visual Component Library (VCL). Next, you’ll focus on the main FMX components, data access/data binding, and style concepts, in addition to understanding how to deliver visually responsive UIs. To address modern application development, the book takes you through topics such as animations and effects, and provides you with a general introduction to parallel programming, specifically targeting UI-related aspects, including application responsiveness. Later, you’ll explore the most important cross-platform services in the FMX framework, which are essential for delivering your application on multiple platforms while retaining the single codebase approach. Finally, you’ll learn about FMX’s built-in 3D functionalities. By the end of this book, you’ll be familiar with the FMX framework and be able to build effective cross-platform apps.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Delphi GUI Programming Frameworks
Section 2: The FMX Framework in Depth
Section 3: Pushing to The Top: Advanced Topics

Introducing TFrameStand

TFrameStand is a non-visual component, which I wrote around September 2015, to simplify mobile view management in FMX applications, promote the reuse of UI elements, add transitions, and gain visual continuity. It is an open source project, hosted at and also available through GetIt, Embarcadero's package manager ( Even though it is not actually part of the Delphi product, it is free and the source code is available, so I guess every Delphi developer can benefit from it without worries.

In recent years, I've successfully used this component in several projects and I've showcased it at several international conferences with good feedback every time. It has been trending on GetIt for some time and has gotten some nice (and appreciated) mentions from other experts (including Primož Gabrijelčič in his Hands‑...