Delphi in a Nutshellby Ray Lischner
With a new name and a new focus on CORBA, database drivers, and Microsoft Back Office applications, Inprise/Borland Delphi is enjoying a resurgence, with a growing user base of programmers who use Delphi for rapid development of enterprise computing applications. Not to rest on success, the latest version of Delphi, Version 5, includes further expansion and… See more details below
With a new name and a new focus on CORBA, database drivers, and Microsoft Back Office applications, Inprise/Borland Delphi is enjoying a resurgence, with a growing user base of programmers who use Delphi for rapid development of enterprise computing applications. Not to rest on success, the latest version of Delphi, Version 5, includes further expansion and refinement of the 3-tier application framework introduced in Delphi 4 and has resulted in a prize-winning product.Delphi in a Nutshell is the first concise reference to Borland/Inprise Delphi available. It succinctly collects all the information you need in one easy-to-use, complete, and accurate volume that goes beyond the product documentation itself.Delphi in a Nutshell starts with the Delphi object model and how to use RTTI (Run Time Type Information) for efficient programming. The rest of the book is the most complete Delphi Pascal language reference available in print, detailing every language element with complete syntax, examples, and methods for use. The book concludes with a look at the compiler, discussing compiler directives in depth.
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Ray has written an excellent desktop reference for Delphi. I really liked the explanation of the SysUtils unit. I found that there were functions in there that I had written myself, if I had only known I would have saved myself some time. The Language reference with the Tips and Tricks is excellent, helps make more sense of the sometimes archaic online help. My only complaint is that this is the ONLY Delphi book published by O’Reilly, I would love to see a Learning, Programming, or Mastering book!
Everyone who develops in Delphi loves it. (I've never met an exception to this rule!) I've worked with Delphi since version 1 and read a lot of books along the way. Certain names stand out: Cantu, Jensen, Teixeira & Pacheco, Konopka. But if Ray Lischner wrote it, you owe it to yourself to read it! I believe that you don't REALLY know Delphi until you've read this book. (Yes, I know the bulk of it is reference... READ IT!) The early chapters give powerful insight into Delphi that you just can't get anywhere else.
'Delphi in a Nutshell' isn't just another ordinary Delphi book. Once again Ray has manage to take on topics that are unique and not covered in any detail if at all by other authors. The chapters on RTTI and the Delphi object model alone are well worth the price. This goes onto my short list of 'must have' Delphi books for any serious program (For the record they are 'Secrets of Delphi 2' & 'Hidden Paths of Delphi 3' by Lischner, 'Delphi 5 Developer's Guide' Teixeira & Pacheco, 'Delphi Developers Handbook' Cantu and now 'Delphi in a Nutshell'). Good work Ray.