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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

Getting familiar with Bluetooth support

More and more functionalities of real devices include the need for interactions with other smart devices or sensors. Bluetooth technology is the connectivity standard for these kinds of interactions: it implements a local networking facility connecting different nearby devices.

In this section, we'll learn about Bluetooth technology and the support built into the FMX framework. For example, we'll learn how to scan for other Bluetooth-enabled devices, along with how to connect to or interact with them.

Bluetooth is a wide-ranging technology that has been around for a few years now. The original Bluetooth has been widely adopted and can be used in a multitude of applications (desktop and mobile). To provide coverage of Bluetooth specifications is way beyond the scope of this book, but I want to show you how Delphi can be used to target a specific slice of the Bluetooth family, that is, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.

The Delphi...