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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What's Next?

In this chapter, we have discussed the foundations of object-oriented programming (OOP) in Delphi. We have considered the definition of classes and the use of methods, encapsulation, and memory management, but also some more advanced concepts such as properties and the dynamic creation of components. Then we moved to inheritance, virtual and abstract methods, polymorphism, safe typecasting, interfaces, exceptions, and class references.

This is certainly a lot of information if you are a newcomer. But if you are fluent in another OOP language or if you've already used past versions of Delphi, you should be able to apply the topics covered in this chapter to your programming.

Understanding the secrets of Delphi's language and library is vital for becoming an expert Delphi programmer. These topics form the foundation of working with the VCL and CLX class libraries; after exploring them in the next two chapters, we'll finally go on to explore the development of real applications using all the various components provided by Delphi.

In the meantime, Chapter 3 will give you an overview of the Delphi run-time library (mainly a collection of functions with little OOP involved). The RTL is a collection of assorted routines for performing basic tasks with Delphi. Chapter 4 will give you more information about the language, discussing features related to the structure of the Delphi class library, such as the effect of the published keyword and the role of events. That chapter, as a whole, will discuss the overall architecture of the component library.

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