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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
Building Responsive Applications

In the previous chapters, we learned how to build visually responsive applications and how to add transitions and animations to them. Responsiveness also has another meaningbeing capable, as an application, to promptly respond to user interactions throughout its lifespan, even when some heavy tasks are ongoing.

In this chapter, we are going to discuss how to achieve such a capability. Delivering a truly responsive application automatically implies the overall user experience is great. The user will never be staring at the screen, uninformed of what's happening, waiting to understand whether something is going on or the application is stuck.

The topics that we will be covering in this chapter are the following:

  • Understanding multithreading
  • Understanding the thread safety of UI frameworks
  • Exploring threads and tasks
  • Introducing the...