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Delphi in a Nutshell


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Preface Chapter 1. Delphi Pascal Units Programs Libraries Packages Data Types Variables and Constants Exception Handling File I/O Functions and Procedures Chapter 2. The Delphi Object Model Classes and Objects Interfaces Reference Counting Messages Memory Management Old-Style Object Types Chapter 3. Runtime Type Information Virtual Method Table Published Declarations The TypInfo Unit Virtual and Dynamic Methods Initialization and Finalization Automated Methods Interfaces Exploring RTTI Chapter 4. Concurrent Programming Threads and Processes The TThread Class The BeginThread and EndThread Functions Thread Local Storage Processes Futures Chapter 5. Language Reference Chapter 6. System Constants Variant Type Codes Open Array Types Virtual Method Table Offsets Runtime Error Codes Chapter 7. Operators Unary Operators Multiplicative Operators Additive Operators Comparison Operators Chapter 8. Compiler Directives Appendix A. Command-Line Tools Appendix B. The SysUtils Unit Index

About the Author

Ray Lischner is well-known in the Delphi community as an author and speaker. He wrote Secrets of Delphi 2, Hidden Paths of Delphi3, and numerous articles for Delphi Informant, Dr. Dobb's Journal and other magazines. His conference appearances include the annual Borland/Inprise conference, and he has spoken to Delphi users' groups across the country. He also wrote Shakespeare for Dummies. You can reach Ray at


'... in my view it is the best Delphi Pascal reference around, if only for the great tips and tricks that really are relevant.' - Bob Swart Developers Review, August 2000. "While this not the only book you'll ever need on Delphi, it is likely to be one of the most useful you'll ever buy." Programming, August 2002

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