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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
  List of Figures    
  List of tables    
  List of Listings    
  List of Sidebars  

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Chapter 21: Web Programming with IntraWeb


Since Delphi 2 days, Chad Z. Hower has been building a Delphi architecture for simplifying the development of web applications, with the idea of making web programming as simple and as visual as standard Delphi form programming. Some programmers are fully acquainted with dynamic HTML, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, and the latest Internet technologies. Other programmers just want to build web applications in Delphi the way they build VCL or CLX applications.

IntraWeb is intended for this second category of developers, although it is so powerful that even expert web programmers can benefit from its use. In Chad's words, IntraWeb is for building web applications, not websites. Moreover, IntraWeb components can be used in a specific application, or they can be used in a WebBroker or WebSnap program.

In this chapter I cannot cover every detail of IntraWeb—with 50 components installed on Delphi's palette and several module designers, it's a very large library. My plan is to cover its foundations, so that you can choose whether to use it for your forthcoming projects or for portions of those projects, as it fits best.


For documentation on IntraWeb, refer to the PDF manuals on the Delphi 7 Companion CD. If you cannot find them, these manuals are also available on Atozed Software's website for download. For support on IntraWeb, refer to the Borland newsgroups.


This chapter has had a special review by Chad Z. Hower, a.k.a. "Kudzu," the original author and project coordinator for Internet Direct (Indy; see Chapter 19, "Internet Programming: Sockets and Indy") and author of IntraWeb. Chad's areas of specialty include TCP/IP networking and programming, interprocess communication, distributed computing, Internet protocols, and object-oriented programming. When not programming, he likes to cycle, kayak, hike, downhill ski, drive, and do just about anything outdoors. Chad also posts free articles, programs, utilities, and other oddities at Kudzu World at Chad is an American expatriate who currently spends his summers in St. Petersburg, Russia, and his winters in Limassol, Cyprus. Chad can be reached at

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