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?

After the detailed description of forms and secondary forms in the previous chapters, I have focused on the architecture of applications, discussing both how Delphi's Application object works and how you can structure applications with multiple forms.

In particular, I've discussed MDI, visual form inheritance, and frames. Toward the end of the chapter I also discussed custom architectures, with form inheritance and interfaces. Now we can move forward to another key element of non-trivial Delphi applications: building custom components to use in your programs. I could write a book about this topic, so the description won't be exhaustive; but I'll offer a comprehensive overview.

Another element associated with the architecture of Delphi applications is the use of packages, which I'll introduce as a technology related to components but which really goes further. You can structure the code of a large application in multiple packages containing forms and other units. The development of programs based on multiple executable files, libraries, and packages, is discussed in Chapter 10.

After this step, I will begin delving into Delphi database programming, another key element of the Borland development environment and for many developers, the prime focus.

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