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Inside Delphi 2006 (Wordware Delphi Developer's Library) Paperback – 30 Nov 2005
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A lot of the programs, utilities, and examples I see from various sources are in Pascal. I decided now was as good a time to learn a new language as any. For my situation, this book was the perfect choice. I could read the C++ code then use that understanding to help me learn Pascal, all while becoming familiar with Borland's new environment.
The book itself is fairly well written, though many parts are difficult to follow. It is not the right book for a new programmer - but compared to other programming books, it is a gem. If you buy this book, expect to spend time tweaking some of the examples to make them work, and don't expect to be told everything you need to complete the lessons. With that said, there was nothing I could not make work or figure out with a little thinking - which actually turned out to be a good thing because I learned quite a bit. There are also many good Windows programming techniques and ideas, which are quite valuable themselves.
My overall impression? All serious Borland BSD users should have this book on their shelf.
Some have complained .NET is only covered at the miminum. But to me this is acceptable since I can find information from other books once I get a hold of Delphi in general. In short, this is a very good book and I would happily rate it with 5 starts.
Continued Comments by the same reviwer after one year:
Delphi in a Nutshell by Ray Lischer, would be a very good subsequent reading after this book.
Also, this book doesn't touch on Web Services, XML programming, Refactroing, and Unit Testing. These stuff can be found from CodeGear website --- they have very good Webinar series on the topics that would compliment this book.
As others have noted though, this is not the book you want if you expect more than cursory treatment [...]- I didn't so I wasn't disappointed.
Well written to boot.
Its starts with the most simple programming without windows - it "aclimitize" your eyes to delphi code. Like me who havn't programmed for a while I love the way we clean out everything uninportant. You don't get a bucket full of paint over you at the first page, we go with easy steps to all the details. What a variable is and how it can be declared. All the container types there can be... Then we advance slowley and I simpley love the book. I borrowed it from a friend and fell in love with the way it was done! -- Now you just not stop with delphi - the book lets your feet get wet in C++ too!!
Also he mention how math formulas can be delcared inside const variables can be declared, and its so neat!
at the end of the book we shure get complicated - and for me who wants to get into the hard stuff - I can ashure that this fellow will have it noted as well used later on..
This book get Many stars !!! We love you !!!
at the same time - this is said - I wish that a math book in the same way could be published - accually I would recomend that to happend!