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Part I - Foundations
  Chapter 1 Delphi 7 and Its IDE
  Chapter 2 The Delphi Programming Language
  Chapter 3 The Run-Time Library
  Chapter 4 Core Library classes
  Chapter 5 Visual Controls
  Chapter 6 Building the User Interface
  Chapter 7 Working with Forms
Part II - Delphi Object-Oriented Architectures
  Chapter 8 The Architecture of Delphi Applications
  Chapter 9 Writing Delphi Components
  Chapter 10 Libraries and Packages
  Chapter 11 Modeling and OOP Programming (with ModelMaker)
  Chapter 12 From COM to COM+
Part III - Delphi Database-Oriented Architectures
  Chapter 13 Delphi's Database Architecture
  Chapter 14 Client/Server with dbExpress
  Chapter 15 Working with ADO
  Chapter 16 Multitier DataSnap Applications
  Chapter 17 Writing Database Components
  Chapter 18 Reporting with Rave
Part IV - Delphi, the Internet, and a .NET Preview
  Chapter 19 Internet Programming: Sockets and Indy
  Chapter 20 Web Programming with WebBroker and WebSnap
  Chapter 21 Web Programming with IntraWeb
  Chapter 22 Using XML Technologies
  Chapter 23 Web Services and SOAP
  Chapter 24 The Microsoft .NET Architecture from the Delphi Perspective
  Chapter 25 Delphi for .NET Preview: The Language and the RTL
       
  Appendix A Extra Delphi Tools by the Author
  Appendix B Extra Delphi Tools from Other Sources
  Appendix C Free Companion Books on Delphi
       
  Index    
  List of Figures    
  List of tables    
  List of Listings    
  List of Sidebars  

 
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Chapter 1: Delphi 7 and Its IDE

Overview

In a visual programming tool such as Delphi, the role of the integrated development environment (IDE) is at times even more important than the programming language. Delphi 7 provides some interesting new features on top of the rich IDE of Delphi 6. This chapter examines these new features, as well as features added in other recent versions of Delphi. We'll also discuss a few traditional Delphi features that are not well known or obvious to newcomers. This chapter isn't a complete tutorial of the IDE, which would require far too much space; it's primarily a collection of tips and suggestions aimed at the average Delphi user.

If you are a beginning programmer, don't be afraid. The Delphi IDE is quite intuitive to use. Delphi itself includes a manual (available in Acrobat format on the Delphi Companion Tools CD) with a tutorial that introduces the development of Delphi applications. You can find a simpler introduction to Delphi and its IDE in my Essential Delphi online book (discussed in Appendix C, "Free Companion Books on Delphi"). Throughout this book, I'll assume you already know how to carry out the basic hands-on operations of the IDE; all the chapters after this one focus on programming issues and techniques.


 
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