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Get Delphi 4 Developer's Guide instead
on 9 December 1998
Well, maybe two-and-a-half crowns would be fairer, but I was somewhat disappointed after reading the reviews here. This book is pitched at a pretty gentle introductory level, and spends a good deal of time on lengthy descriptions of the reasonably obvious, with comparatively little in-depth detail. I came away from it (in three days rather than the advertised 21) ready to learn the innards of VCL, but disappointed that I hadn't already seen more of them.
Also, the writing style is frankly irritating to at least this British reader. There's a lot of this kind of stuff: "I can hear you saying, 'This is going to be so cool!' And guess what? You're right!" (page 6)
If you only buy one Delphi book, don't get this one. Delphi 4 Developer's Guide is well worth the extra money, and will be much more useful in the long run.