October 15, 2008

Delphi 2009 Handbook: Progress and Cover

I'm at a good point in writing my new book, Delphi 2009 Handbook. Here is the draft cover and the current status.

I'm at a good point in writing my new book, Delphi 2009 Handbook. You can find the very early book page on my site by following the previous link. The idea of the book is to cover only what's specifically new moving from Delphi 2007 to Delphi 2009 for Win32, so it is not a new updated edition, but rather a complementary volume to my Delphi 2007 Handbook (with which there is no overlapping content). Here you can see the draft book cover, which shows a Fibonacci sequence of plain characters turning into Unicode characters rather than birds (as in the previous cover):

The book is still a work in progress. As of today it has 306 pages and only the first two parts are complete:

Part I: Unicode

  • 1: What is Unicode?
  • 2: The UnicodeString Type
  • 3: Porting to Unicode

Part II: Delphi 2009 and Its Compiler

  • 4: New IDE Features
  • 5: Generics
  • 6: Anonymous Methods
  • 7: More Language and RTL Changes

Part III: Win32 Development

  • 8: VCL Improvements
  • 9: The Ribbon
  • 10: Managing Translations (Still unconfirmed)
  • 11: COM Support in Delphi 2009

Part IV: Database and Remoting

  • 12: Data Sets and dbExpress
  • 13: DataSnap 2009
  • 14: Unicode Indy (Still unconfirmed)

Stay tuned for more information... and for how to receive the electronic version of the book through CodeGear. The printed version will be on Lulu, and I'm expecting it to be ready in about a month... although it is hard to tell precisely.



Delphi 2009 Handbook Progress and Cover 

Comment by Giel on October 15, 16:03

Delphi 2009 Handbook Progress and Cover 

First, thanks Marco for all of your great books.  You
are a critical resource to the Delphi community.  

Also, how you turn out such good work so quickly is an
amazement to me.  I know you talked a little about
your writing process on a recent podcast but maybe you
could blog about it too.
Comment by Leonard Gallion on October 15, 17:57

Delphi 2009 Handbook Progress and Cover 

Thanks!  Looking forward to the new book.
Comment by Shane Holmes [http://www.clearcycle.com] on October 15, 21:12

Delphi 2009 Handbook Progress and Cover 


I think you'll enjoy reading my latest blog post. 
(See the url supplied) 
Comment by Louis Kessler [http://www.beholdgenealogy.com/blog/?p=632] on October 16, 05:50

Delphi 2009 Handbook Progress and Cover 

 I understand that Delphi 2009 Handbook covers what's 
new since Delphi 2007. "I have your "Mastering Delphi 
2005". Do I need the "Delphi 2007 Handbook" and if so:
Is it possible to buy as a pdf-download OR is it 
possible to order the book in a United Kingdom e-
bookstore (When ordering it in Lulu.com I will 
receive the book 25. December!)

Best Regards
Comment by Lars Frederiksen on November 25, 19:38

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