Expert Delphi

Become a developer superhero and build stunning cross-platform apps with Delphi
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Expert Delphi

Paweł Głowacki

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Become a developer superhero and build stunning cross-platform apps with Delphi

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Book Details

ISBN 139781786460165
Paperback506 pages

Book Description

Delphi is the most powerful Object Pascal IDE and component library for cross-platform native app development. It enables building natively compiled, blazingly fast apps for all major platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

If you want to build server-side applications, create web services, and have clear GUIs for your project, then this book is for you.

The book begins with a basic primer on Delphi helping you get accustomed to the IDE and the Object Pascal language and will then quickly move on to advanced-level concepts. Through this book, we’ll help you understand the architecture of applications and will teach you the important concepts of the FireMonkey library, show you how to build server-side services, and enable you to interact with the Internet of Things. Towards the end, you will learn to integrate your app with various web services and deploy them.

By the end of the book, you will be able to build powerful, cross-platform, native apps for iOS and Android with a single code base.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fasten Your Seat Belts
Delphi installation
Delphi compilers and toolchains
Hello World app
Deploying to mobile devices
Summary
Chapter 2: Mind Your Language
Do you speak Object Pascal?
Object Pascal Phrase Book
Summary
Chapter 3: Packing Up Your Toolbox
Parallel Programming Library
Working with files
JSON
XML
Summary
Chapter 4: Playing with FireMonkey
Drawing in code
Get moving with timers
The power of parenting
Touch me
Game of Memory
Summary
Chapter 5: FireMonkey in 3D
Cross-platform 3D rendering
Using Context3D
Custom Wireframe component
Objects 3D
Moving Earth
Building an interactive 3D scene
Using 3D models
Starfield simulation
Mixing 3D and 2D
Summary
Chapter 6: Building User Interfaces with Style
Working with built-in styles
Using custom styles
Embedding styles as resources
Customizing styles
Using frames
Working with inherited views
Previewing forms on devices
Summary
Chapter 7: Working with Mobile Operating System
James Bond's toy
What I'm running on?
The life of an app
Sensing the world
Taking photos
Using share sheets
Camera, light, action!
Working with address book
Notify me!
Navigating the web
Working with maps
Creating and consuming Android services
Delphi language bridges
Summary
Chapter 8: Extending to the Internet of Things
Communication protocols
Understanding BLE
Connecting to things with ThingConnect
Getting close with beacons
Proximity solutions with BeaconFence
App tethering
Summary
Chapter 9: Embedding Databases
Architecting data-driven apps
Modeling data
Choosing a database
Accessing databases with FireDAC
Building data-driven user interface
Using visual live bindings
Fast user interface prototyping
Summary
Chapter 10: Integrating with Web Services
Understanding web services
Native HTTP client
Consuming XML SOAP web services
Integrating with REST services
Backend as a service client
Integrating with the cloud
Summary
Chapter 11: Building Mobile Backends
Delphi and multi-tier architectures
Getting low-level with WebBroker
Do it yourself with DataSnap
Easy REST API publishing with RAD Server
Summary
Chapter 12: App Deployment
Deploying to App Stores
Enhancing your apps
Summary
Chapter 13: The Road Ahead
What we have learned
Staying on top of everything
Your next Delphi mobile app
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the basics of Delphi and the FireMonkey application platform as well as the specifics of Android and iOS platforms
  • Complete complex apps quickly with access to platform features and APIs using a single, easy-to-maintain code base
  • Work with local data sources, including embedded SQL databases, REST servers, and Backend-as-a-Service providers
  • Take full advantage of mobile hardware capabilities by working with sensors and Internet of Things gadgets and devices
  • Integrate with cloud services and data using REST APIs and scalable multi-tier frameworks for outstanding multi-user and social experience
  • Architect and deploy powerful mobile back-end services and get super-productive by leveraging Delphi IDE agile functionality
  • Get to know the best practices for writing a high-quality, reliable, and maintainable codebase in the Delphi Object Pascal language

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fasten Your Seat Belts
Delphi installation
Delphi compilers and toolchains
Hello World app
Deploying to mobile devices
Summary
Chapter 2: Mind Your Language
Do you speak Object Pascal?
Object Pascal Phrase Book
Summary
Chapter 3: Packing Up Your Toolbox
Parallel Programming Library
Working with files
JSON
XML
Summary
Chapter 4: Playing with FireMonkey
Drawing in code
Get moving with timers
The power of parenting
Touch me
Game of Memory
Summary
Chapter 5: FireMonkey in 3D
Cross-platform 3D rendering
Using Context3D
Custom Wireframe component
Objects 3D
Moving Earth
Building an interactive 3D scene
Using 3D models
Starfield simulation
Mixing 3D and 2D
Summary
Chapter 6: Building User Interfaces with Style
Working with built-in styles
Using custom styles
Embedding styles as resources
Customizing styles
Using frames
Working with inherited views
Previewing forms on devices
Summary
Chapter 7: Working with Mobile Operating System
James Bond's toy
What I'm running on?
The life of an app
Sensing the world
Taking photos
Using share sheets
Camera, light, action!
Working with address book
Notify me!
Navigating the web
Working with maps
Creating and consuming Android services
Delphi language bridges
Summary
Chapter 8: Extending to the Internet of Things
Communication protocols
Understanding BLE
Connecting to things with ThingConnect
Getting close with beacons
Proximity solutions with BeaconFence
App tethering
Summary
Chapter 9: Embedding Databases
Architecting data-driven apps
Modeling data
Choosing a database
Accessing databases with FireDAC
Building data-driven user interface
Using visual live bindings
Fast user interface prototyping
Summary
Chapter 10: Integrating with Web Services
Understanding web services
Native HTTP client
Consuming XML SOAP web services
Integrating with REST services
Backend as a service client
Integrating with the cloud
Summary
Chapter 11: Building Mobile Backends
Delphi and multi-tier architectures
Getting low-level with WebBroker
Do it yourself with DataSnap
Easy REST API publishing with RAD Server
Summary
Chapter 12: App Deployment
Deploying to App Stores
Enhancing your apps
Summary
Chapter 13: The Road Ahead
What we have learned
Staying on top of everything
Your next Delphi mobile app
Summary

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Paperback506 pages
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