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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 Cross-Platform Services

In the previous chapter, we learned about the use of parallel programming to achieve responsiveness in our applications. This is indeed a very desirable characteristic to gain, regardless of the target platform you are addressing. From a certain perspective, System.Threading capabilities are abstractions over the parallel programming mechanisms of each platform and will let you implement your applications with a single code base even when the internals of each of the platforms are different.

From the same perspective, a number of capabilities are available in FMX in order to wrap underlying implementations of each platform, at least where a corresponding implementation is available for the specific platform.

In order to take advantage of the powerful abstraction layer FMX provides, we are going to cover the following topics in this chapter:

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