With such an acclaimed list of contributors that include Bob Swart (aka Dr Bob) and Ray Konopka, it's little wonder that Delphi 6 Developer's Guide
oozes knowledge and insight from cover to cover. Make no mistake; this is not one for the faint-hearted. If you are just starting out along the development road, then you may well do better to pass this volume by for now. However, if you are looking to step up your skills to get to grips with the advanced end of Delphi, then this book will take you a long way to where you want to be.
Ably demonstrating their vast wealth of experience, the authors help you to discover a treasure chest of skills and techniques that make the very best use of Delphi 6. Although some information is repeated from previous editions in the series, preference is given to providing in-depth coverage of the many new features including developing CLX components, interfacing with COM+, and creating e-business solutions by writing SOAP-based Web Services. However, don't worry too much about what has been left out of this edition as the entire text of Delphi 5 Developer's Guide is included on the CD-ROM.
Developed and enhanced as it has been over the years, this latest edition to the Delphi Developer's Guide series is the best yet. If you would prefer a gentler learning curve into the upper echelons as a Delphi developer then Marco Cantu's superb Mastering Delphi 6 may be preferred, but if you're confident you can stay the distance, then you will not do better than this complete and authoritative guide. --Peter Lunn
Steve Teixeira is the Director of Core Technology at Zone Labs, a leading creator of Internet security solutions. Steve has previously served as Chief Technology Officer of ThinSpace, a mobile/wireless software company, and Full Moon Interactive, a full-service e-business builder. As a research and development software engineer at Borland, Steve was instrumental in the development of Delphi and C++Builder. Steve is the best-selling author of four award-winning books and numerous magazine articles on software development, and his writings are distributed worldwide in a dozen languages. Steve is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events worldwide.
Xavier Pacheco is the President and CEO of Xapware Technologies Inc, a software development and consulting company with a purpose of accelerating visions. Xavier is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a contributing author for Delphi periodicals. Xavier is an internationally known Delphi expert and member of Borland's select group volunteers¿TeamB. He is the best-selling author of four award-winning books that are distributed worldwide in a dozen languages. Xavier lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Anne and children Amanda and Zachary.
Bob Swart (also known as Dr.Bob¿http://www.drbob42.com) is a UK Borland Connections member and an independent technical author, trainer, and consultant using Delphi, Kylix, and C++Builder based in Helmond, The Netherlands. Bob writes regular columns for The Delphi Magazine, Delphi Developer, UK-BUG Developer's Magazine, as well as the DevX, TechRepublic, and the Borland Community Web sites. Bob has written chapters for The Revolutionary Guide to Delphi 2, Delphi 4 Unleashed, C++Builder 4 Unleashed, C++Builder 5 Developer's Guide, Kylix Developer's Guide, and now Delphi 6 Developer's Guide (for Sams Publishing).
Bob is a frequent speaker at Borland and Delphi/Kylix related seminars all over the world, and writes his own training material for Dr.Bob's Delphi Clinics (in The Netherlands and the UK).
In his spare time, Bob likes to watch video tapes of Star Trek Voyager and Deep Space Nine with his 7-year old son Erik Mark Pascal and 5-year old daughter Natasha Louise Delphine.
Dan Miser is an R&D Project Manager for the DSP group at Borland, where he spends most of his time researching emerging technologies. Dan also worked on the Delphi R&D team where his responsibilities included DataSnap development. Dan's major focus is finding ways to allow information to be shared across boundaries, and this has allowed him to work with a variety of distributed computing technologies, including MIDAS, SOAP, DCOM, RMI, J2EE, EJB, Struts, and RDS. He has also been involved with promoting Delphi by being a contributing author to the Delphi Developer's Guide series, acting as a technical editor, writing magazine articles, participating on the Borland newsgroups as a member of TeamB, and being a speaker at BorCon on topics such as COM and MIDAS.
David Sampson is an R&D engineer in the Borland RAD Tools Group and is responsible for the CORBA integration into the RAD products. He is long time Pascal, Delphi, and C++ developer, and is a frequent speaker at the Borland Developer's Conference. He lives in Roswell, GA with his wife and enjoys hockey, Aikido, and helping his wife with her pack of Basenjis.
Nick Hodges is a Senior Development Engineer with Lemanix Corporation in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of Borland's TeamB and a long time Pascal and Delphi developer. He serves on the Borland Conference Advisory Board, is a frequent speaker at the conference, and is a frequent writer for the Borland Community Site. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children and enjoys reading, running, and helping his wife homeschool their two children.
Ray Konopka is the founder of Raize Software, Inc. and the chief architect for CodeSite and Raize Components. Ray is also the author of the highly acclaimed Developing Custom Delphi Components books and the popular "Delphi by Design" column, which appeared in Visual Developer Magazine. Ray specializes in user interface design and Delphi component development, and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences around the world.