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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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What's Next?

As you have seen in this chapter, the Delphi class library has a few root classes that play a considerable role and that you should learn to leverage to the maximum possible extent. Some programmers tend to become expert on the components they use every day, and this is important; but without understanding the core classes (and ideas such as ownership and streaming), you'll have a tough time grasping the full power of Delphi.

Of course, in this book, I also need to discuss visual and database classes. Now that I've introduced all the base elements of Delphi (language, RTL, core classes), I'm ready to discuss the development of real applications with this tool. Chapter 5 covers the structure of the visual portion of the component library.

Following chapters are devoted to examples of using the various components to build applications with a modern user interface and use forms effectively. I'll cover the advanced use of traditional controls and menus, discuss the actions architecture, cover the TForm class, and then examine toolbars, status bars, dialog boxes, and MDI applications.


 
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