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Delphi 6 Developer's Guide (Sams Developer's Guides) Paperback – December 17, 2001

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With such an acclaimed list of contributors that include Bob Swart (aka Dr. Bob) and Ray Konopka, it’s little wonder that Delphi 6 Developer’s Guide oozes knowledge and insight from cover to cover. Make no mistake, this is not one for the faint-hearted. If you are just starting out along the development road, then you may well do better to pass this volume by for now. However, if you are looking to step up your skills to get to grips with the advanced end of Delphi, then this book will take you a long way to where you want to be.

Ably demonstrating their vast wealth of experience, the authors help you to discover a treasure chest of skills and techniques that make the very best use of Delphi 6. Although some information is repeated from previous editions in the series, preference is given to providing in-depth coverage of the many new features, including developing CLX components, interfacing with COM+, and creating e-business solutions by writing SOAP-based Web Services. However, don’t worry too much about what has been left out of this edition as the entire text of Delphi 5 Developer’s Guide is included on the CD-ROM.

Developed and enhanced as it has been over the years, this latest edition to the Delphi Developer’s Guide series is the best yet. If you would prefer a gentler learning curve into the upper echelons as a Delphi developer, then Marco Cantu’s superb Mastering Delphi 6 may be preferred, but if you’re confident you can stay the distance, then you will not do better than this complete and authoritative guide. --Peter Lunn, amazon.co.uk

From the Back Cover

Borland(r) Delphi 6 Developer's Guide is a new edition of the #1 best-selling Delphi book by authors Steve Teixeira and Xavier Pacheco. Steve and Xavier are of the winners of the Delphi Informant Reader's Choice Award for both Delphi 4 Developer's Guide and Delphi 5 Developer's Guide.

Borland(r) Delphi 6 Developer's Guide is completely updated for Delphi 6 and includes in-depth coverage on Borland's new CLX architecture, DBExpress Applications, SOAP, CORBA, WebSnap and BizSnap features. It continues as a complete reference and authoritative guide to the newest version of Delphi.


Product Details

  • Series: Sams Developer's Guides
  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (December 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672321157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672321153
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I read through the pages in "Delphi 6 Developers Guide", I simply learned more than I expected (about Delphi 6). It compares with other programming languages, it has a CD included which contains All of the examples used in the book, and it covers everything you can do in Delphi 6.
Chapter 2 in the book gives you a nice review of the what you need to now to continue the book (I am happy that they included it); The Object Pascal Language.
In other words: I love the book, and I always use it as a reference book, if I forget what something is or how to use it. I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to become a better Delphi programmer or just to those who want to know Delphi 6 better!
Very well written; Easy to understand; Excellent book! Get it!
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Unlike Cantu's Mastering Delphi 6, Delphi Developer's Guide is intended for those who are able to digest the Borland manuals and wish to take their Delphi knowledge even further. Absolutely no fluff here, every page contains interesting and useful info and the book as a whole is full of useful techniques you can use in real-world projects.
All aspects of Delphi 6 programming are covered here: from Win32 API calls to threading to CORBA to writing your own VCL components to advanced Delphi databasing topics and more importantly, each is covered in depth.
My favorite parts include the section where the author describes in very readable manner how Delphi evolved from the first version to version 6, highlighting the important differences and improvements introduced with each new version.
Another is the chapter on threads which explained thread basics very well and went a lot further (more than I was ready for actually). This chapter alone is so densely packed with info that it alone could be worth a third the price of the book!
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I have this book. There's not much literature around about Delphi 6 yet, so this is better than nothing. It contains a lot of information, however it appears to have been written in a hurry - it is very poorly put together. I have just been following the WebSnap chapter examples through, and the steps aren't in the correct order, some are repeated, and are not specific. Incorrect component names are referred to etc etc. It's just as well I have some experience and can work it out and see the errors. Definitely not recommended for anyone with little Delphi or Web Application experience.
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I am only a third of the way through this huge tome; but my opinion is confirmed. This is the book that Borland should be shipping instead of their Developer's Guide. This covers much of the same information with clearer examples and much better organization. It even has the same cover colors!
This book is neither exciting or wonderful. But for intermediate to advanced software instruction it does a more than adequate job.
I took away a rating star for getting too densely into some esoteric aspects of Threads and Component creation while skipping over some of the necessary basics. Neither the Borland Developer's Guide, nor this book, have much to say about graphical Form design or development.
I would think that many more developers are using Delphi to create user interfaces and displaying database information than create multi-threaded components.
The Borland Developer's Guide is very inconsistent. It is obviously written by a committee. Some parts have apparently been revised many times but have never been rewritten (sort of like a lot of corporate code). Some parts are excellent and some parts are terrible. The Devloper's Guide should be sold as a sleep inducer.
I love Delphi and have used every version from 1 to 6. I am studying for Borland Certification. But Borland does a lackluster job with documentation and examples. In the on-line help the examples given are usually extremely short and often irrelevant to the task at hand. I suspect that the on-line help and the Developer's Guide are written by the same people.
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