18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2011
This little book briefly mentions everything that has been changed in Delphi XE since Delphi 2010. If you're not familiar with D2010 or at least D2007, there's not much reason to have this book. In fact, Cantu suggests that you buy his other books to get more of substance. If you're just starting out with Delphi or coming from a much earlier version (which I am), this book doesn't offer much. And if you have the Delphi XE Starter version, there are many features he mentions that simply are not even in the Starter version (although Cantu seems unaware of it). If Delphi is entirely new to you, this book is useless and you'll need to do a lot of exploring the help system and using Embarcadero's Delphi Newsgroups. Cantu has written more helpful books in the past, but here he's written only for advanced programmers who stay current by purchasing almost every new version of Delphi. I'd like a Delphi XE book that doesn't assume that I already know everything. If Tom Swan were still writing, I'd want him to do it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
Delphi is a programming language powerfull and easy to learn. The actual version of Delphi enable to write software that target the PCs, the Mac and the iPhone. The language is based on the Pascal language. It is much easier to learn than C, java and co. Nevertheless this book is not for beginners. There are so many new things in Delphi and that this book is just about the new things. Perhaps is "Mastering Delphi 5" better for the beginner. Also "Blaise pascal magazine" is a goood starting point to see the actual capability of Pascal compilers (not only Delphi). Also it is only possible to write software for the MAC world until Delphi Xe2 so that you may wait for Delphi Xe2 handbook!