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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

Introducing the Parallel Programming Library

In the previous section, we saw how handy it is to take advantage of modern language features such as anonymous methods. This kind of feature may, at first sight, leave the developer with the idea they have no practical implications on existing code. But the TThread case obviously proves that making use of an anonymous method provides a concise, functional, effective, and simple-to-use alternative to address the same problem.

With Delphi XE7 (September 2014), a new library has been added to the Delphi RTL (and so is, available both from VCL and FMX)the Parallel Programming Library (PPL), mostly centered on the System.Threading unit.

Modern computers (including mobile devices) have multi-core CPUs. Modern software applications have a growing demand for multi-threaded code (for a number of reasons, some of which we have discussed earlier in this chapter). Modern language features (introduced with Delphi 2010, August 2009) offer a...