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Delphi GUI Programming with FireMonkey

By : Andrea Magni
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Book Image

Delphi GUI Programming with FireMonkey

4 (1)
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

Exploring TFormStand

Chapter 8Divide and Conquer with TFrameStand, was dedicated to TFrameStand. There are mechanisms in TFrameStand that are useful for gaining visual responsiveness in your applications (such as the TFrameStand.OnGetFrameClass event, to name just one, that allows you to replace at runtime the actual frame class used, for example, with a more appropriate descendant one).

However, Embarcadero's FireUI technology is targeting forms and there is no support for frames in FireUI at the time I am writing this. This pushed me to implement a twin component, TFormStand, aiming at using forms instead of frames mostly because this would have enabled FireUI technology.

This actually happened and you can now mix all the benefits of TFrameStand with those of FireUI. For instance, you can check the TFormStand_HelloWorld demo, where SecondForm is coming with a specific view for Android devices.

The following screenshot shows the same application (FormStandHelloWorld...