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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
Orchestrating Transitions and Animations

In the previous chapter, we learned how to build responsive User Interfaces (UIs) in order to deliver the best possible user experience in every scenario.

In this chapter, we will provide a full overview of FireMonkey's capabilities so that you can add animations and transitions to your multi-platform applications.

We have already mentioned a number of success factors for multi-platform applications, ranging from coherent stylization (with respect to the target platform or company requirements) to responsiveness (from a visual point of view). Another very important aspect is the presence of meaningful transitions in our applications. It has been quite some time since graphics animations were introduced in computer programming, even for business applications. However, recently, given that UIs are becoming minimalistic, especially...