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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 platform-native controls

This section is dedicated to an important topic that involves style-based strategy and cross-platform effectiveness. Native controls act as a sort of bridge between two orthogonal approaches, trying to get benefits from a compromise.

FMX Style is a powerful technology, backing important capabilities of this visual application development framework. The idea to separate the visual definition of a component from its behavior is a winning one as it opens up the delivery of different visual assets for the same functionalities, which is a marking point or milestone for every cross-platform solution.

The combination of vector and bitmap styles, together with the multi-resolution capabilities built in for images and styles, provides the developer with many tools to build a stunning, responsive, and effective UI, rendered by the framework itself in a self-contained approach.

However, the real world involves compromises and development is no exception. With...