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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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Little-Known Tidbits

As a parting thought, here's a list of interesting features you might want to examine more closely:

Rethink Orthogonal  You can change the default straight, diagonal lines in the Diagram Editor to orthogonal lines by pressing Ctrl+O. You can also force ModelMaker to try to find the shortest possible orthogonal path for a line by pressing Shift+Ctrl+O.

Visual Styles Manager  This manager (available in the shortcut menu of the diagram view, under Visual style ® Style manager) deserves an entire section. Take some time to check it out. You can define a wide variety of hierarchically related visual styles for your diagram symbols and apply them on the fly. Also, don't forget to click the Use Printing Style button in the Diagram Editor to strip out the non-printing elements and see what the diagram will look like on paper.

Design Critics  Design critics are an impressive QA feature in ModelMaker. They are little proofreaders running the background, checking out your code. To get at them, make sure Show Messages is enabled (Shift+Ctrl+M), right-click the Message view, and select Show Critics Manager. I advise against turning off the time-stamp-checking design critic, because it will warn you if the source file on the disk has changed outside of ModelMaker. You can also create your own design critics via the ModelMaker OpenTools API.

Creational Wizard  This is yet another nifty bit of automation for the busy Delphi programmer. The Creational Wizard (available from the Wizards button in the Member List) checks the model for class members that need to be instantiated or freed and adds them to the appropriate constructor or destructor. It will do a few other things too, and there are some caveats; press F1 while you're in the wizard to access the online help.

Open Tools API  Much like in Delphi's Tools API, this ModelMaker feature allows the creation of plug-in experts for ModelMaker. The API is robust and includes access to diagrams as well as the entire code model. The possibilities for extending ModelMaker in this way are extreme.


 
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