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The following books are quite popular amongst Delphi developers.

This list is far from being complete, but for your convenience I have just listed the most popular publications here -- books which are repeatedly referred and suggested to both, Delphi newbies and Pro's looking for answers or because they are specialized in a certain aspect of Delphi development.
I have included links to Amazon and most of their descriptions so that you get a feeling about their content. Additionally, I have added a small "Richey:..." comment - just a one-liner to give you a quick impression about the main target of the book.

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Delphi 6 Developer's Guide

Delphi 6 Developers Guide

by Paul Kimmel


List price: $59.99
Amazon price: $47.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 704 pages
Sams; ISBN: ISBN: 0072129956
Richey: "for the early adopters.."
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Book Description:

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Delphi 4 Unleashed

Delphi 4 Unleashed

by Charlie Calvert


List price: $49.00
Amazon price: $39.00 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 1152 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Nov'1998)
Sams; ISBN: 0672312859
Dimensions (in inches): 1.96 x 9.06 x 7.42
Richey: "One of the best Delphi books available."
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Book Description:

Charlie Calvert's Delphi 4 Unleashed is an all-new edition written by one of the most well-known developers in the Delphi community. This advanced reference will provide programmers with the information they need to build high-end Delphi applications and components compatible with ActiveX and Java. Calvert will bring the newest technologies and features of Delphi into focus and show programmers how to utilize them. Some features will include: - Building and integrating components with Java, Active X, etc. - Internet and Intranet applications and enabling - Delphi's Multi-tier Distributed Applications Services Suite (MIDAS) and how it works with Delphi - Client/server architecture and enterprise wide development - Note: Content for the book and CD will be all new.

  • Charlie Calvert's Delphi 4 Unleashed is a complete high-end reference for programmers and developers in Delphi
  • Charlie Calvert is well-known and well-respected in the Borland and Delphi communities
  • This book will tell programmers what the manuals don't- and how to make Delphi 4 really work for them


Delphi 5 Developer's Guide

Delphi 5 Developer's Guide

by Steve Teixeira, Xavier Pacheco, David Intersimone


List price: $59.99
Amazon price: $41.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 1200 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Dec'1999)
Sams; ISBN: 0672317818
Dimensions (in inches): 2.31 x 9.05 x 7.30
Richey: "One of the best Delphi books available."
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Book Description

Weighing in at over 1,500 pages, Delphi 5 Developer's Guide updates a classic text on Delphi programming with a new edition that highlights the latest and greatest in version 5. Whether you are new to Delphi or a seasoned veteran, this book will help you get the most out of this powerful development tool, including database, Internet, and thin-client computing.

The sheer size of Delphi 5 Developer's Guide makes it a standout. (This already massive book bundles 11 "extra" chapters on the accompanying CD-ROM on such topics as graphics programming and coding standards.) The text presents how-to information on a wealth of topics, along with short code excerpts and complete programs where appropriate.

Two areas deserve special mention. First, essential Windows programming techniques, from calling Win32 APIs to Microsoft COM in all its guises, are examined especially closely. (Besides the basics of building ActiveX controls and OLE Automation in Delphi, there's material on using MTS and ADO.) This book also sheds some insight on programming "thin clients," with solid coverage of Borland's MIDAS middleware solution, as well as Delphi's support for creating browser-based applications (through its WebBroker classes). Later chapters contain in-depth code examples that contrast "traditional" two-tiered client/server programming with thin-client versions (using both MIDAS and HTML). This material can help get your existing Delphi skills up to speed with current browser-based Web application requirements.

There aren't many books out there on Delphi programming, so this text meets an essential need with its thorough tour of what's available in version 5.


Delphi COM Programming

Delphi COM Programming

by Eric Harmon


List price: $45.00
Amazon price: $36.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 500 pages 1 edition (Jan'2000)
Macmillan Technical Publishing; ISBN: 1578702216
Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 9.03 x 6.08
Richey: "It you need COM, then you need this excellent book to go without headaches."
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Book Description:

Microsoft COM is prevalent throughout Windows operating systems95, 98, NT. To build applications which interface with Windows systems, therefore, programmers must understand and learn to use COM. This book will lay the groundwork for understanding COM, and focus on how to develop applications in Delphi which interact efficiently with Windows systems. The book will include coverage of DCOM, Microsofts distributed architecture which is based on COM. It will also cover the latest developments in Delphi 5, currently due out in September 1999.This book will teach COM programming to Delphi 4 and 5 programmers. After providing an understanding of the COM framework, it offers a practical exploration of COM to enable Delphi developers to program component-based applications. Typical real-world scenarios, such as Windows Shell programming, automating Microsoft Agent, and creating and using ActiveX controls, will be explored. Discussion of each topic will be illustrated with detailed examples.


Delphi 4 Bible

Delphi 4 Bible

by Tom Swan


List price: $49.99
Amazon price: $39.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 953 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Aug'1998)
IDG Books Worldwide; ISBN: 0764532375
Dimensions (in inches): 1.89 x 9.19 x 7.44
Richey: "One of the best books available if you want to learn Delphi."
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Book description:

If you appreciate hands-on examples in your programming books, consider this guide. Delphi 4 Bible combines a solid tour of basic Delphi programming with excellent material on more advanced language features available in Delphi 4. This text stresses traditional client/server programming using Delphi's classic strengths for corporate database development.

Early chapters concentrate on familiarizing the reader with the key features of the Delphi environment and the basics of using the Delphi Visual Component Library (VCL) effectively in simple programs. The author pays much attention to user-interface design with components such as menus, buttons, checkboxes, toolbars, and list controls. Further sections cover graphics programming, printing, and database applications. The authors also look at Delphi's charting and reporting capabilities, a necessity for any real-world corporate development.

The book includes more expert material on Pascal language features, such as exception handling, default parameters, method overloading, and dynamic arrays, plus some Windows internals such as advanced message handling. Additional sections explain how to build custom ActiveX controls and dynamic link-libraries (DLLs) and offer a quick tour of Internet component programming in Delphi.


Delphi für Kids

Delphi für Kids

by Hans Georg Schumann


List price: EUR 25.51
klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 456 Seiten & Delphi 3 Professional CDROM auf CD!
MITP, Bonn; ISBN: 3826606434
Richey: "Eines der besten deutschsprachigen Bücher, wenn Sie Delphi lernen möchten."
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Book description:

Delphi ist mit diesem Buch extrem einfach zu erlernen - Sie müssen aber nicht unbedingt ein "Kid" sein, um davon zu profitieren...
Denn der Autor versteht es hervorragend, in aufeinander aufgebauten Lernschritten die Struktur, aber auch die Power und Flexibilität der Programmiersprache verständlich zu machen, und am Ende des Buches hat man sogar das Erstellen von eigenen Komponenten und bereits recht ansehnlichen Programmen erlernt.
Ein zusätzlicher Wert des Buches erwächst natürlich speziell aus der beiliegenden Original Delphi 3 Professional-CD, mit der man dann später jederzeit auch auf höhere Versionen günstig updaten kann. Hinweis: wenn Sie bereits über Programmier-Erfahrung verfügen, ist jedoch eines der anderen auf dieser Seite angeführten Bücher vermutlich von größerem Wert für Sie (es sei denn, Sie möchten an eine günstige Delphi 3-Lizenz gelangen.. ;-)


Delphi Graphics and Game Programming Exposed

Delphi Graphics and Game Programming Exposed

by John Ayres


List price: $59.95
Amazon price: $44.99 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 544 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Jan. 2000)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556226373
Dimensions (in inches): 1.61 x 9.23 x 7.67
Richey: "Great for beginners and intermediates."
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Book description:

An experienced Delphi and game developer gives a competitive overview of introductory-through-advanced Delphi programming for game developers and programmers. He offers advanced coverage of scrolling map engines, voxel engines, and texture mapping. All examples are heavily coded in the book as well as the CD-ROM.


Delphi Developer's Guide to OpenGL

Delphi Developer's Guide to OpenGL

by Jon Q. Jacobs


List price: $49.95
Amazon price: $39.96 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 450 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Aug'1999)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556226578
Dimensions (in inches): 1.37 x 9.28 x 7.53
Richey: "A really valuable book, especially for beginning games and graphics developers."
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Book description:

The Delphi Developer's Guide to OpenGL gives an outline of OpenGL--once a proprietary graphics library that used to reside only on expensive workstations--and explains its capabilities, including how to use it inside Borland's popular programming language, Delphi.

The book begins with a tour of creating a Delphi project that can utilize OpenGL. Over the first five chapters, the book demonstrates how 3D graphics work using popular computer graphics nomenclature as well as instructions for drawing OpenGL objects in perspective within a Delphi window, and the implementation of the three different types of OpenGL lighting (ambient, specular, and diffuse) upon those objects.

While the book provides great coverage on some of OpenGL's effects (fog, transparency, and mapping textures to surfaces), the most important chapter is "Picking," which discusses how to detect a user's interaction with OpenGL objects (i.e., detecting a user's selection and movement of an onscreen object).

There are plenty of code snippets, and all the source code in the book can be found on the CD-ROM. However, the book completely lacks color pictures that demonstrate the results of the techniques, even though the chapters on lighting, textures, and special effects could've greatly benefited from them. Also, all the examples in the book use extremely primitive shapes and actions. Presumably, a talented programmer can extrapolate the viable info from the simple examples and build more sophisticated projects.

With the proliferation of video display cards that support the OpenGL standard, applications built in popular development environments like Delphi can take advantage of real-time 3D graphics. This is a timely book, suitable for programmers with Delphi experience and some graphics programming experience who need to get a leg up on the Delphi/OpenGL learning curve.


Delphi User Interface Design

Delphi 3: User Interface Design

by Warren Kovach, Ludovic Dubois


List price: $49.00
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Paperback - 528 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (Mar'1998)
Prentice Hall Computer Books; ISBN: 0136179606
Dimensions (in inches): 1.41 x 9.62 x 7.45
Richey: "If Interface design is an issue for you - this book is worth to be read."
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Book Description

Developing a state-of-the-art user interface isn't easy: programmers are called upon to understand what the user "expects" from software, and account for every eventuality, from the PC's design to an individual user's idiosyncrasy. This book shows exactly how to build top-notch user interfaces with the top-notch Delphi development tool for Windows.

Using extensive examples, this book shows how to program virtually every user interface element in Delphi, focusing on techniques for giving programs a modern look. Among the topics covered are: status bars, dockable toolbars, multipage dialog boxes, wizards, rollup dialogs, toolboxes, "What's This" help buttons, recently used file lists, splash screens and Easter Eggs. While Delphi 3 features are highlighted, all code has been tested under all versions of Delphi, including the 16-bit Version 1 - and where necessary, different techniques were developed for the 16-bit versions. The book also includes a complete chapter on internationalizing your Windows applications, written by Ludovic Dubois, the developer of the Polyglot Delphi translation suite. The accompanying CD-ROM includes the book in Adobe Acrobat PDF format for easy searching and reference.


Mastering Delphi 5

Mastering Delphi 5

by Marco Cantu


List price: $49.99
Amazon price: $47.49 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 1104 pages 3 edition (Oct'1999)
Sybex; ISBN: 0782125654
Dimensions (in inches): 2.42 x 8.98 x 7.48
Richey: "A good reference for every 'Delphian', good to deepen your skills."
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Book description:

Marco Cantù's Mastering Delphi 5 revises this author's earlier title and brings it up to speed for the latest and greatest in Delphi 5. Weighing in at a whopping 1,100 pages, this comprehensive, thorough, and skillfully written book makes the strong claim that it is the most comprehensive resource available for Delphi 5. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this text offers exemplary coverage of this powerful programming tool.

Mastering Delphi 5 does a great job of explaining the new and exciting features of Delphi 5, whether new IDE features, support for object-oriented design, databases, or Internet programming. Clearly, Delphi 5 is a tool ready for the new millennium, and the author shows you how to take advantage of a variety of database and Internet features (such as using Delphi to write CGI scripts or using ActiveForms). Plus, there's coverage of new support for ADO database programming, as well as sections devoted to higher-end enterprise computing with Inprise MIDAS for creating scalable thin-client Web applications.

Throughout Mastering Delphi 5, the author shares his considerable expertise, along with countless tips for creating better classes and components (both VCL and ActiveX components) and tweaking the functionality of existing Delphi controls (particularly with grids). On its own, Delphi 5 offers a lot of functionality, which this book covers in good detail, but the author also pushes the envelope with plenty of tips and tricks on how to do more (for example, using Windows APIs for better multitasking).

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned expert, there is a lot to glean from this impressively thorough tour of the new Delphi 5. This title sets a high standard as a source of information on the features of one of today's most powerful development tools.


Tomes of Delphi: Datbase Developer's Guide

Tomes of Delphi:
Win32 Database Developer's Guide

by Warren Rachele


List price: $39.95
Amazon price: $33.96 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 386 pages Book & Cd edition (Aug'1999)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556226632
Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.13 x 7.47
Richey: "Good for beginners."
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Book description:

A book/CD-ROM guide to database programming. Early chapters introduce concepts of the relational database and SQL, and later chapters focus on the Delphi database tools, the Borland Database Engine, Delphi components, and different ways in which database information can be turned into presentation reports. Final chapters cover special topics such as use of the API, the API function reference, and coding techniques. The companion CD-ROM contains source files for the book as well as trial software. The author is a systems architect and an instructor at colleges in the Denver, Colorado area. (Description Copyright © 1999 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)


Tomes of Delphi 3: Win32 Core API

The Tomes of Delphi:
Win32 Core Api

by John Ayres, David Bowden, Larry Diehl, Michael Tobin, Rod Mathes, Ovais Reza, Mike Tobin


List price: $54.95
Amazon price: $43.96 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 750 pages Bk&Cd-Rom edition (Dec'1997)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556225563
Dimensions (in inches): 1.63 x 9.26 x 7.54
Richey: "Good if you want to learn about Windows API programming."
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Book description:

A software developer's guide covering all of the most common Windows API functions - from Window creation and memory management functions to clipboard and error functions. Each function entry contains the syntax, a description of what the function does, a list and description of parameters, acceptable constant values, return values, cross-references to related functions, and an example of its use in Delphi's Object Pascal. The CD includes example programs, shareware and freeware components, help files, and third-party development tools. (Description Copyright by Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR)

The authors provide software developers a comprehensive guide to the Microsoft Windows application programming interface, the heart of Windows software development. This reference covers all of the most common Windows API functions, and each function has the syntax and an example of its use in Delphi's Object Pascal. The CD includes all of the code from the book.


Tomes of Delphi: Algorithms and Data Structures

Tomes of Delphi:
Algorithms and Data Structures

by Julian Bucknall


List price: $59.95
Amazon price: $50.96 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 500 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (scheduled for Aug'2000, you can already order it)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556227361
Richey: "Actually, I'm still waiting for it!"
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Book Description

This book about Algorithms and Data Structures is a highly sophisticated title targeted for advanced developers. Author Julian Bucknall works for one of Inprise's leading and oldest third-party library and tool companies, TurboPower, where he is in charge of technical development. This is the only book on the market that will provide Delphi developers with a comprehensive and current overview of using algorithms and data structures from a practical, not a theoretical, textbook perspective. The book will include a wealth of code examples appropriate for practicing developers. Bucknall's title will provide comprehensive coverage of such topics as arrays, binary trees, data compression, and other advanced topics not treated in any competing titles. The CD includes the author's highly successful freeware library EZDSL along with the code from the book.


Delphi in a Nutshell

Delphi in a Nutshell

by Ray Lischner


List price: $24.95
Amazon price: $19.96 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 600 pages (Mar'2000)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1565926595
Richey: "I don't have it - but seems to be a good choice for the Enterprise-level developer."
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Book Description:

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-wining product.

Delphi in a Nutshell is the first concise reference to Borland/Inprise' Delphi available. Succinctly collects all the information you need in one easy to use, complete and accurate volume, and 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, with every language element detailed with complete syntax, examples and methods for use. The book concludes with a look at the compiler, and compiler directives discussed in depth.


Tomes Of Delphi: Graphics Programming

Tomes of Delphi:
Win 32 Graphics Programming

by Larry Rutledge


List price: $49.95
Amazon price: $42.46 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 500 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (scheduled for Jul'2000, you can already order it)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556227221
Richey: "Actually, I'm still waiting for it!"
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Book Description:

This book about Win32 Graphics Programming is a complete reference to the many graphics file formats used in the Delphi development environment. A distinctive feature of this book is that Rutledge provides detailed comment about the file formats so that the developer understands how and why the code works the way it does under Delphi.

Rutledge also provides the programmer with two projects that are built throughout the discussion of each graphics file format. The first project is the TImage component that allows graphics file formats other than .BMP and .WMF to be displayed. The second project utilizes the TImage component to build an image viewer/converter. At the end of the book the programmer will have two viable projects built around each of the graphic formats. Both projects and the source code are found on the CD.


Tomes of Delphi

Tomes of Delphi:
Win32 Multimedia API

by Alan C. Moore


List Price: $54.95
Amazon Price: $43.94 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 600 pages Book & Cd edition (Jul'2000)
Wordware Publishing; ISBN: 1556226667
Richey: "A new book - didn't have a chance to review it until now."
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Book description:

Tomes of Delphi: Win32 Multimedia is a comprehensive treatment of the Win32 programmers and developers. The title focuses much attention on the sound portion of the Win32 API.


  Kylix Books

A few Kylix books of possible interest:


The Dilbert Principle

The Dilbert Principle

by Scott Adams


List Price: $12.95
Amazon Price: $10.36 click here for english details klicken Sie hier für deutschsprachige Details
Paperback - 336 pages Reprint edition
Harperbusiness; ISBN: 0887308589 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 8.16 x 6.15
Richey: "A must if you love the comic strip. Otherwise, good enough for dozens of smiles."
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Book description:

Or should that be anti-business advice? Scott Adams provides the hapless victim of re-engineering, rightsizing and Total Quality Management some strategies for fighting back, er, coping. Forced to work long hours, with no hope of a raise? Adams offers tips on maintaining parity in compensation. Along the way, Adams explains what ISO 9000 really is and assesses the irresistibility of female engineers.

The breath-taking cynicism of the strip should prepare readers for the author's no-holds-barred attack on management fads, large organizations, pointless bureaucracy and sadistic rule-makers who glory in control of office supplies. Readers of the on-line Dilbert Newsletter are familiar with the kind of e-mail Adams receives from his readers -- and may even have sent a few of those missives themselves. Along with illustrative strips, e-mail messages provide excruciating examples of corporate behavior which compel the reader to agree with Adams when he insists that "People are idiots".

The final chapter offers a model for would-be successful businesses to follow: the OA5 model. It's introduced with little fanfare, no outrageous promises and just the right amount of self-deprecation.


Peopleware

Peopleware

(German title: "Wien wartet auf Dich. Der Faktor Mensch im DV- Management."

by Tom Demarco & Timothy Lister


List prices:
US edition: EUR 39.25 / USD 33.95
Deutschsprachige Ausgabe: EUR 20.34
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Paperback 2nd edition (Feb'1999)
US: Dorset House; ISBN: 0932633439
DE: Carl Hanser Verlag; ISBN: 3446212779
Richey: "One of the top-notch books on the management of software development."
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Book description:

Peopleware asserts that most software development projects fail because of failures within the team running them. This strikingly clear, direct book is written for software development-team leaders and managers, but it's filled with enough commonsense wisdom to appeal to anyone working in technology. Authors Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister include plenty of illustrative, often amusing anecdotes; their writing is light, conversational, and filled with equal portions of humor and wisdom, and there is a refreshing absence of "new age" terms and multistep programs. The advice is presented straightforwardly and ranges from simple issues of prioritization to complex ways of engendering harmony and productivity in your team. Peopleware is a short read that delivers more than many books on the subject twice its size. "A must read for knowledge workers & people that manage them".


Finally, you can search directly for Delphi-related books at Amazon (click here). This gives you an even longer list with books you can choose from (deutschsprachig).


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