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?

This chapter has provided a limited overview of the capabilities of ModelMaker, covering apparently unrelated topics like UML diagrams, patterns, refactoring, and developer's documentation. There was a reason to touch on all these aspects, of course: ModelMaker can help you with all of them, whereas the Delphi IDE by itself provides little or no support for these features.

Refer to the websites and other documentation mentioned to gain a better understanding of the various techniques. As mentioned, ModelMaker provides a lot of documentation, including material about diagrams and patterns. Visit the product website to download more than you'll find in the default installation.

If you want more information about the techniques I've discussed, or just how to get started, refer to the ModelMaker online help and the User's Manual (available on Delphi 7's Companion CD). I also recommend the Thoughtsmithy website, where Robert Leahey has authored a set of "Getting Started with ModelMaker" tutorials. You can find them at:

Next up is another chapter devoted to Delphi applications architecture. Chapter 12 features an in-depth analysis of COM-related technologies available in the Windows operating system and fully supported by Delphi. After that, we'll delve into the database-programming portion of the book.

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