I’ve been developing with Delphi for 20 years since Delphi 1 and it’s been an interesting ride, with lots learned each year. I took a break during the “dark years” of Delphi 8 through XE but since then have been using every version of Delphi.
Delphi may not be as popular a language as it used to be, mainly due to fashion changes, the trendy new developers moving away from all-in-one IDEs, and preferring Open Source, web-originating frameworks and languages. However, it’s still a powerful, modern language capable of incredible things, and well worth looking into if you’re new to the coding arena and want to try something that is genuinely cross-platform.
The Firemonkey framework has been the most interesting additions to the Delphi family, adding support for iOS, Android and MacOS, both 32bit and 64bit variants – and now even Linux Desktop and server support. It’s a bold move on Embarcadero’s part but one that will hopefully pay off for them.
Our mainstream product, MyShiftPlanner, is one of the most popular shift worker time management app on the stores and is written completely in Delphi using Firemonkey. It’s taken 5 years to get it where it is and was initially written in XE5 but now runs like a dream under Delphi Rio 10.3.3.
I’ve learned a lot along the way which I wanted to share with anyone else who wants to take advantage of the power of this truly cross-platform framework.
Each article covers a specific topic but mostly helping to extend what Firemonkey does out-of-the-box so you can take advantage of even more for your apps. The blogs will cover how to add in-app subscriptions to your apps, how to include third party frameworks, use more native controls than are supplied by Firemonkey and more. I’ll also include links to other people’s blogs which offer similar benefits so you can find what you need in one place.
I hope you enjoy this blog and find it useful. Please continue to share/ promote the benefits of Delphi and support your fellow Delphi community developers.