February 22, 2010

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released

Yesterday I've officially released my last book, Delphi 2010 Handbook. It is available in PDF format today, should be out in print by next week.

Yesterday I officially released my latest book , Delphi 2010 Handbook. As usual it was a huge effort to write it, and an equally long and time consuming effort to go through the editorial process, incorporate reviewers feedback, and manage the book publishing (which is all on my shoulders, as the book is self-published). The book has 318 pages, including the introduction, table of contents, and index. The table of contents is available here. As you can see, the cover is focused on Delphi's gestures support, although this is a limited section of the book, which covers all of the new Delphi 2010 features... but nothing on previous versions (so you can consider buying it along with Delphi 2007 and 2009 Handbooks, in printed or PDF formats).

As I've signed off the book yesterday, it is immediately available in PDF format at 28 USD (about 20 Eur). You can buy it on my company's FastSpring shop at sites.fastspring.com/wintechitalia/product/delphi2010handbook. Note that the book has half-a-dozen pages with ads of Delphi third party components and that printing of the PDF content is disabled.

The printed version should be out by next week, depending on the quality of the proof copy I should get in a few days. At first it will be on CreateSpace, a couple of weeks later it should show up on Amazon and other major book sale outlets. Cover price of the printed book will be 43.50 USD.

PDF, Embarcadero, Discounts

As I mentioned, I'm in the process of reaching a deal with Embarcadero to let them distribute the PDF for free to registered users of Delphi 2010 and related products. Before buying the PDF, please consider that you might later get it for free, but I have no idea about the actual timing.

Also, if you bought the first two book parts, watch out for a super-offer in your mailbox (you'll be able to get the complete book for the cost of the never-to-be-published third part). Should be out today, but I'm getting ready for a trip so it might be delayed.

BTW, in retrospect publishing individual parts let me get some money early... but it did slow down the entire process, so I'm not sure I'll do it again.

Deal: Discounted printed book for PDF owners

Now there is another deal that is open to everyone. If you buy the PDF of the complete book (as an upgrade from individual parts or not) I'll send you a 20% (8.70 USD) discount coupon for buying a printed copy on CreateSpace (notice that I cannot give you a coupon for Amazon, so you either use my discount or Amazon own discounts and cheaper shipping). Also, the opposite operation (buy the printed version, get the discount on the PDF) probably  won't be possible.



Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

Congratulations! Have you considered making a C++
Builder 2010 handbook? I would be most interested in that.
Comment by Mike Versteeg [http://mikeversteeg.com] on February 22, 18:09

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

Do you really mean last book (you will never write
another) or do you mean latest (this is the most
current book)?
Comment by WHAT!?!?!?! on February 22, 18:11

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 


  not planning a C++ Builder version, feel the sales 
will be much lower. Most of the book content (but not 
all!) applies also to C++Builder: as IDE and VCL are 
very similar, but there are language, RTL, and DataSnap 

  read "latest" not last. I least I hope not!
Comment by Marco Cantu [http://www.marcocantu.com] on February 22, 18:45

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

Will there be a hardcopy of this book like there was such 
2009 Handbook at Lulu.com? 
Comment by Gad D Lord [http://www.mtgstudio.com] on February 23, 21:24

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

  yes, a printed version is expected within a few 

Comment by Marco Cantu [http://www.marcocantu.com] on February 23, 21:44

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

Alas, I am still pining for an update to "Mastering
Delphi 7", which was about that price, and weighed in
at a whopping 992 pages.

Which is never ever coming, I realize now. Sadly.

Comment by Warren P. [] on March 2, 21:23

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

Hello Marco,

All the Direct2D related examples in your book are
written without real knowledge about the API !

Direct2D is based on the concept of resource caching.

This means: 

You create a resource once and only re-create it when
required (e.g. if device lost or resolution changed)
but in your samples you are re-creating everything on
every paint call. 

You should also learn to separate between device
dependent and device independent resources in your code !

This gets especially funny when you wanna compare
drawing speed between GDI and D2D because the results
you are generating with your code are just nonsense
due to your wrong way of working with the new APIs

Please do more research and learn about new APIs
before you publish code of such bad quality.

Thank you !
Comment by Thomas Lander on March 10, 18:35

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

Maybe my examples don't fit with the technology at 
best, I have learned about Direct2D but don't pretend 
to be an expert. I appreciate your point of view ("do 
more research", which I try to follow at my best) it 
is very hard to know in depths about every single API 
Windows comes with, plus all Delphi specific 

There are in fact examples in the book that cache the 
Direct2D canvas and other resources. Regarding the 
efficiency tests (which I never claimed were proving 
anything), I'll more than welcome an example of simple 
painting operations that doesn't slow down if you use 
Direct2D within a form surface. 

Having read more, I still stand by my original idea 
that is the the output quality and power of the 
platform that should suggest moving to Direct2D, not 
absolute speed.

Comment by Marco Cantu [http://www.marcocantu.com] on April 11, 16:06

Delphi 2010 Handbook Released 

 É louvavel disponibilizar um hadbook do delphi2010. 
Infelismente nós brasileiros ficamos a ver navios 
pois o idioma em inglês rlimina muitos delphianos de 
ter o handbook como pesquisa.
Comment by Edson Pereira on June 14, 15:38

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