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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
Using FireDAC in FMX Applications

In Chapter 3, Mastering Basic Components, and Chapter 4, Discovering Lists and Advanced Components, we covered an overview of the most fundamental and commonly used visual components in the FMX framework. Many applications are actually data-centric, meaning that the User Interface (UI) is a way to present some data to the user. This data can be from different sources and must be accessed and managed accordingly.

In this chapter, we will have a look at the default (and included) Data Access Components library for Delphi, that is, FireDAC ( It is a powerful, feature-rich, robust, performant, and well-architectured library that comes from decades of development and tuning, mostly by its original author, Dmitry Arefiev.

This chapter will focus on the fundamentals of FireDAC to...