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Delphi GUI Programming with FireMonkey

By : Andrea Magni
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Book Image

Delphi GUI Programming with FireMonkey

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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 FireMonkey Framework

Welcome to the first chapter of this book! We are at the beginning of a journey to gain knowledge about a great application framework, that is, the FireMonkey (FMX) framework. These days, developers face a hard-to-solve problem—building effective cross-platform applications. From a project management point of view, one of the most wanted features is to achieve this goal through a single source code base, not, for example, having a different code base for each supported platform.

The introduction of the FireMonkey framework represented a crucial point, putting Embarcadero Delphi in a magic spot in the global software development scenario. Developers are enabled to design and build native applications for the most popular platforms, including both desktop (Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple OS X, now also known as macOS) and mobile (Google Android and Apple iOS), using a single toolset and language (thus reducing the effort needed).

This chapter will go through the following topics, to provide some background about what FMX is, why it was created, and its most evident strengths:

  • Approaching FireMonkey
  • Abstracting the visual part of your apps
  • Looking beyond the UI
  • Back to the metal
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the FMX approach

After reading this chapter, you will be familiar with the general context in which this framework has been developed, including a general understanding of the underlying philosophy of the chosen approach.