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Building Delphi 6 Applications Paperback – February 13, 2001
From the Back Cover
Develop robust enterprise applications with ease using this comprehensive, hands-on guide. After a brief explanation of Delphi fundamentals, this sourcebook will help you master all of the new and advanced Delphi 6 features--such as the WebBroker tool for building Web servers and MIDAS, the tool for creating enterprise applications. You'll learn to build and test components, use the component wizard, handle advanced object-oriented programming, and much more. Plus, the handy appendix section includes multiple full-fledged sample applications--including a WAP application.
Key topics covered include:
*Advanced object-oriented programming
*Developing interfaces with various components
*Internet and Web site application development
*Migration to Delphi from other programming environments
For detailed information on working with the latest version of Delphi--including all of its new features--this is the most complete resource available.
Important coverage includes:
*Delphi key class architecture
*Building and testing components
*Programming Microsoft's transaction server
*Using data access and data control components
*Internet and intranet programming
*Sample application section--including a WAP application
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately this book tries to tell the whole story and ends up telling us about particular areas or giving us a very general overview of other areas that has already been done by himself and others ad nauseam. This makes it very uneven. For example there is a whole section on sets that does not seem to belong when viewed from the whole context of Delphi programming. On the other hand, do we really need another description of data aware components?
The appendix sections are more insightful. They focus on individual areas. Unfortunately these areas are not developed as fully as the reader would like and are singular in there descriptions.
With so few books currently available on Delphi its a real disappointment to see a book like this get published.
We need a good book on CS technology still. We need a ctritical book that does not hide the failings of Delphi as a Object Oriented tool as well as its capabilities. We need a good book on Web development and Delphi. We don't need another general book on programming in Delphi.
Having said that, don't discount this book. It has a respectable and solid niche. For someone new to Delphi, or a programmer from another language who wants an orientation to Delphi, this book has achieved what no other Delphi book has to date. It provides a succinct, friendly introduction to Delphi and object pascal, and gets you up to date with features such as working with databases and the web to about the level of Delphi 4 functionality. He provides a lot of the material and background that books such as Mastering Delphi and the Delphi Developers guide tend to skip over to fit other stuff in. He doesn't really stop to teach you Pascal itself though (he pretty much assumes you know looping and conditional statements and that sort of stuff, which is often a fair assumption), so if you are really a beginning beginner you might want to find a tutorial on the web or an introduction to Pascal book.
If you are a beginner to RAD or object oriented programming and want to pick up the power of Delphi, this book and then afterwards the Delphi Developers guide is an excellent choice. If you are in this situation and want to buy just one Delphi book however, I'd suggest Mastering Delphi 6.
If you are using Delphi 5 or 6, this book will not cover all its features. Don't expect it to. But if you want to get the basics of object oriented programming in Delphi and a good grounding in its basics, this is a great place to start.
Building Delphi 6 applications: Beginner - Intermediate
Mastering Delphi 6: Intelligent/Experienced beginner - advanced
Delphi Developers Guide 6: Intermediate -advanced
Pricing . . . this book is probably priced a bit high for what it is. It is competing by title, price and marketing with 1500 page tomes that cover everything. The publisher would be better of rebranding it into a new niche of making Delphi easy to learn, at which I think this book excels.
Potential . . . this book has a lot of potential to position itself as a great learning object pascal and Delphi book. I think it would gain greatly from adding more of the absolute basics like learning plain Pascal so it could be a one-stop learn from scratch resource, and it obviously needs to get up to date with Delphi 5 and 6, particularly with regard to databases (ADO/dbGo, dbExpress, Interbase express) but also CLX, datasnap, XML, and so on. I think if the next edition builds on the basics but adds a concise section on up to date and new features, and changes or reflects its title more, it can be a winner.
A note to Paul Kimmel (the author): you sure hit a lot of flack with the title! I can see where you're coming from - if you call it Building Delphi 5 applications and release it after Delphi 6 is released, you're not going to be on the best-seller list. I suggest renaming it "object-oriented RAD application development with Delphi versions 2-6". It gets the gist across of what the book is about.
This book deals with those basic issues and then moves on to a few areas in a fair amount of depth. I played around with the code using an older version of Delphi and can't wait till 6.0 comes out so I can explore the code more fully.