Delphi Programming Guide
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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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Editions of Delphi

Before delving into the details of the Delphi programming environment, let's take a side step to underline two key ideas. First, there isn't a single edition of Delphi; there are many of them. Second, any Delphi environment can be customized. For these reasons, Delphi screens you see illustrated in this chapter may differ from those on your own computer. Here are the current editions of Delphi:

  • The "Personal" edition is aimed at Delphi newcomers and casual programmers and has support for neither database programming nor any of the other advanced features of Delphi.

  • The "Professional Studio" edition is aimed at professional developers. It includes all the basic features, plus database programming support (including ADO support), basic web server support (WebBroker), and some of the external tools, including ModelMaker and IntraWeb. This book generally assumes you are working with at least the Professional edition.

  • The "Enterprise Studio" edition is aimed at developers building enterprise applications. It includes all the XML and advanced web services technologies, CORBA support, internationalization, three-tier architecture, and many other tools. Some chapters of this book cover features included only in Delphi Enterprise; these sections are specifically identified.

  • The "Architect Studio" edition adds to the Enterprise edition support for Bold, an environment for building applications that are driven at run time by a UML model and capable of mapping their objects both to a database and to the user interface, thanks to a plethora of advanced components. Bold support is not covered in this book.

Besides the different editions available, there are ways to customize the Delphi environment. In the screen illustrations throughout the book, I've tried to use a standard user interface (as it comes out of the box); however, I have my preferences, of course, and I generally install many add-ons, which may be reflected in some of the screen shots.

The Professional and higher versions of Delphi 7 include a working copy of Kylix 3, in the Delphi language edition. Other than references to the CLX library and cross-platform features of Delphi, this book doesn't cover Kylix and Linux development. You can refer to Mastering Kylix 2 (Sybex, 2002) for more information on the topic. (There aren't many differences between Kylix 2 and Kylix 3 in the Delphi language version. The most important new feature of Kylix 3 is its support of the C++ language.)

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