Delphi Cookbook 3ed is out!


Here’s the 3rd edition of the Delphi Cookook! Delphi Cookbook is a best sellers for PacktPub in its category since the 1st edition back in the 2014.
Delphi Cookbook 3rd Edition
This edition is the first in co-authoring with Daniele Spinetti. Daniele Spinetti is an Embarcadero MVP wich works with me in bit Time Professionals (site in english here). We works together every days, so has been a pleasure to share this experience too.
What’s new in 3rd edition
In this third edition we wanted to add content to keep the book updated with emerging technologies and new features made available by Delphi. Like the 2nd edition, some chapters are completely new while all the others has been updated, evolved and integrated with new contents. The new chapters are devoted to Linux Development and IoT. Moreover there are many new contents about FireDAC and RTTI attributes.
This edition contains all the recipes from the previous version updated to Delphi 10.2 Tokyo. We reached now 780 pages and 78 recipes!
Delphi Cookbook 3rd edition lets you learn all the development possibilities provided by Delphi

Mobile with FireMokey (Android and iOS)
Server-side programs (Linux and Windows)
Integration with IoT
Working with data (FireDAC, JSON, XML)
a lot more…

Topics of the book

Develop visually stunning applications using FireMonkey
Deploy LiveBinding effectively with the right OOP approach
Working with data (JSON, XML)
Design, develop and deploy server-side programs to serve RESTful web services (Linux and Windows) and provide data to your mobile and web apps
Use well-defined GUI design patterns to build mobile applications that provide a great user experience
Extremely useful recipes on FireDAC database access framework
Build mobile apps that read data from a remote server efficiently
Call the platform native API on Android and iOS even for an unpublished API
Manage software customization for your customer by making better use of an extended        RTTI
Implement the most popular design pattern without wasting too much time on debugging and bug fixing
Enrich your knowledge of Delphi deepening the libraries made available
Integrate your applications with Internet of Things

As I told also at the time of 1st and 2nd edition, Delphi Cookbook is not an introductory book, you will not find any “Introduction to the Object Pascal language”, however the majority of the chapters are not too complex and can be grasped also by the new Delphi programmers.

Where to buy
The book is available for sale on the editor website and on Amazon.

PacktPub (Official book page)
Delphi Cookbook 3rd Edition on Amazon

Source code is on github

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Delphi Basics

Changing your application’s look and feel with VCL styles
Changing the style of your VCL application at runtime
Customizing TDBGrid
Using owner-draw combos and listboxes
Making an owner-draw control aware of the VCL styles
Creating a stack of embedded forms
Manipulating JSON
Manipulating and transforming XML documents
I/O in the 21st century – knowing the streams
Creating a Windows Service
Using the TService.LogMessage method
Be coherent with the Windows look and feel using TTaskDialog
The amazing TFDTable – indices, aggregations, views, and SQL
ETL made easy – TFDBatchMode
Data integration made easy – TFDLocalSQL

Chapter 2: Becoming a Delphi Language Ninja

Fun with anonymous methods – using higher-order functions
Writing enumerable types
Using enumerable types to create new language features
RTTI to the rescue – configuring your class at runtime
Duck typing using RTTI
BOs validation using RTTI attributes
Creating helpers for your classes

Chapter 3: Knowing Your Friends – The Delphi RTL

Checking strings with regular expressions
Consuming RESTful services using native HTTP(S) client libraries
Coping with the encoded internet world using System.NetEncodings
Saving space using System.Zip
Decoupling your code using a cross-platform publish/subscribe mechanism

Chapter 4: Going Cross-Platform with FireMonkey

Giving a new appearance to the standard FireMonkey controls using styles
Creating a styled TListBox
Impressing your clients with animations
Using master/details with LiveBindings
Showing complex vector shapes using paths
Using FireMonkey in a VCL application
Reinventing your GUI, also known as mastering Firemonkey controls, shapes, and effects

Chapter 5: The Thousand Faces of Multithreading

Synchronizing shared resources with TMonitor
Talking with the main thread using a thread-safe queue
Synchronizing multiple threads using TEvent
Communication made easy with Delphi Event Bus
Displaying a measure on a 2D graph like an oscilloscope
Using the Parallel Programming Library in the real world: Tasks
Using the Parallel Programming Library in the real world: Futures
Using the Parallel Programming Library in the real world: Parallel For/Join

Chapter 6: Putting Delphi on the Server

Developing web client JavaScript applications with WebBroker on the server
Converting a console application into a Windows service
Serializing a dataset to JSON and back
Serializing objects to JSON and back using RTTI
Sending a POST HTTP request for encoding parameters
Implementing a RESTful interface using WebBroker
Controlling remote application using UDP
Using app tethering to create a companion app
Creating DataSnap Apache modules
Creating WebBroker Apache modules
Using native HTTP(S) client libraries
Logging like a pro using LoggerPro

Chapter 7: Linux Development

Creating Linux TCP/IP servers
How to correctly handle Linux signals
How to build a modern Linux daemon
Building a TCP/IP Linux server and daemonizing it
Building a RESTFul server for Linux
Building a complete RESTful server with database access and web client interface
Creating WebBroker Apache modules for Linux

Chapter 8: Riding the Mobile Revolution with FireMonkey

Taking a photo, applying effects, and sharing it
Using TListView to show and search local data
Using SQLite databases to handle a to-do list
Do not block the main thread!
Using a styled TListView to handle a long list of data
Customizing the TListView
Taking a photo and location and sending it to a server continuously
Talking with the backend
Making a phone call from your app
Tracking the application’s life cycle
Building your own SMS sending service with the REST API

Chapter 9: Using specific platform features

Using Android SDK Java classes
Using iOS Objective-C SDK classes
Displaying PDF files in your app
Sending Android Intents 554
Letting your phone talk – using the Android TextToSpeech engine
Using Java classes in Android apps with Java2OP
Doing it in the background, the right way – Android services

Chapter 10: Delphi and IoT

How to blink an LED using Arduino
How to drive multiple relays with Arduino and Delphi
Reading data from Arduino
How to blink an LED using Raspberry Pi
How to drive multiple relays with Raspberry Pi and Delphi
Reading data from Raspberry PI


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