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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

Learning about component streaming

Talking about the Rapid Application Development (RAD) aspect of a product such as Delphi, we surely have to start with the TComponent class. The main concepts of RAD are based on the idea of pluggable, reusable, and configurable building blocks combined to implement complex applications easily while keeping the developer in an affordable complexity zone.

Back in the early days, it was easy (and quite popular) to divide Delphi into two big layers – namely, RTL and VCL. VCL was (and still is) a collection of components built to wrap Windows controls in a Delphi-friendly interface, adding uniformity for many functionalities across different components (that is, font settings, positioning, and alignment settings). It also enables the possibility to have them in the Delphi IDE at design time, allowing developers to actually visually design their applications (dragging components from the tool palette to a form or a frame and editing their properties...