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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


In this chapter, we have seen a number of examples where FMX actually enables the developer to focus on an application's core functionalities and take advantage of built-in cross-platform capabilities.

Features provided by the underlying platform (with native implementations) are conveniently wrapped by Delphi and the FMX framework. This lets the developer of cross-platform applications have a single code base (a big advantage as stated before, and throughout the whole book) while addressing multiple platforms. Services such as the clipboard, Bluetooth LE capabilities, dialogs, and HTTP client functionalities are crucial to most modern applications (mobile or desktop). The beauty of FMX abstractions is one of the key aspects of this multi-platform application framework. 

This immediately represents a boost factor in development productivity as there is theoretically no need for the application developer to delve into platform-specific details, relying instead on...