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Delphi Nuts and Bolts for Experienced Programmers Paperback – 1 Mar 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078822033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078822032
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,653,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This has to be one of the best programming books I've read. It's well laid out and very clear and concise: it's very easy to get what you want.
Rather than 'teach you Delphi from the very bottom in X days' this book assumes you know the basics of programming and just want to learn Delphi. You're not weighed down with basics, but are told the relevent details.
That 'page on integers' that other reviews here have mentioned is actually very relevant: do you know what the differences between longint, int, cardinal and byte are and how they can actually affect the whole working of your program in varying ways on varying versions of windows? (You'll be glad he told you when you used longint so that your wonderful program doesn't blow up on Win3.11 users!)
Not only is it a good jumping block for better things in Delphi, but it also acts as a fantastic programming aid. The layout of this book (together with it's great writing style) enables you to get the info that you want quickly.
If you don't want to bother with 'Hello World' and you know about the basics of programming then don't bother with all those Dummies and 21 Days books: get this and get straight to the point.
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The book is introduced as being for those who don't need to be told how to coordinate the user interface, how to save files etc etc. but instead to skip over the obvious details and get to the point. Strange, then, that Chapter 2 explains the standard windows toolbar in three pages. Later on in the book three pages are used to explain classes and object programming.
What's that all about?
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I read this book as a transition from VB to Delphi
about a year ago while still in school. I thought it was excellent at the time, but in retrospect with the experience I have gotten as a Delphi Developer since leaving school, it is NOT for very experienced programmers. If you are a student or someone with light experience in VB, this may be a
good transition.
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The documentation that comes with delphi is better , more thorough and doesn't contain feeble jokes. And you don't have to spend any more money.
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Amazon.com: 1.3 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste... 11 July 2000
By W. A. Ten Brink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book isn't worth the paper it's printed on. And all because it says: "for Experienced Programmers"... To clear it up: It's really a beginners guide! The first chapters explain what Delphi is. Then it tells what every menu-item in the IDE does. It explains some things about the Delphi types.
If you're a beginner with Delphi and you've lost the original manual, then consider purchasing this book. Otherwise, it's just a waste of your money.
1.0 out of 5 stars The wrong title for this book 11 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book definitely is *not* for experienced programmers. For example the authors spend a paragraph explaining what an integer is!

Furthermore, it doesn't get into the "nuts and bolts" at all. It is written on a very elementary level.

Another annoying feature is the very frequent suggestion that the reader refer to the online reference for information on a topic. I would think that someone buys a book because he can't get the answers from the online reference. The authors also often refer you to another chapter in their book. It is as though they didn't care enough to organize their book properly.

Spend your time and money elsewhere
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for programmer with light experience. 22 Sept. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a transition from VB to Delphi
about a year ago while still in school. I thought it was excellent at the time, but in retrospect with the experience I have gotten as a Delphi Developer since leaving school, it is NOT for very experienced programmers. If you are a student or someone with light experience in VB, this may be a
good transition.
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