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Learning Delphi Online

Where to look for help, tutorials and sample code

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You finally got it! You want to learn Delphi Programming.

You got yourself the newest Delphi version on the market, you have bought some books and now you are ready for an outstanding application (that will, if possible, make you rich, of course).
However, as you know by now, programming isn't easy and there are always some questions that need to be answered. Ok, there are some examples in those books/manuals, but now, when you have "real" problems, you don't know how to handle them. Don't panic, we all have the same problems.
Delphi is a great product and learning it can be fun, all you have to know is where to look for help.

In this article you will find the best places on the Internet that are designed to help us, Delphi developers, with lot's of online resources: examples, articles, tutorials, FAQ's, etc.

   Online books
Check out these online books that will help you learn Delphi.

  • "Essential Pascal" from Marco Cantu
    There are many books that will teach you how to use Delphi for application development; unfortunately, if you're a Pascal beginner you will need something to get started with. This detailed and in depth book on Pascal is everything you need.
  • "Essential Delphi" from Marco Cantu
    This book is a good choice for the beginner or intermediate programmer who wants to get a solid foundation in Delphi development in a minimal amount of time.
  • Books and sample chapters
    This page contains free online books and sample chapters.

       Tutorials
    Here you will find some of the best Delphi/Pascal programming tutorials on the Net:

  • About.com Delphi Programming tutorials
    Articles about learning Delphi Programming from you guide.
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Delphi Programming
    This free online course is perfect for beginner developers as well as for those who want a broad overview of the art of programming with Borland Delphi.
  • Delphi ADO DB Course
    This free online course is perfect for Delphi database beginners as well as for those who want a broad overview of the art of database programming with Delphi. Focus on ADO techniques.
  • Coding: COM/OLE/ActiveX, Database, Graphics, Internet/Intranet, Object Pascal/IDE, VCL Writing/Enhancing, Windows
    Evolving list of various Delphi programming articles and tutorials collected by your guide.

       Forum
    Programming boards (forums) are a great way to discuss about common programming problems. Forum is a place where we can exchange information, hints, problems, solutions about programming in Delphi.

       FAQ's
    Tutorials are ok and books are great. However, very often, we need just few lines of code to solve some problem. The FAQ or list of "frequently-asked questions" (and more important: answers) has become a great feature of the Internet. There are many Internet sites/pages that are designed to provide specific Delphi programming few-lines-of-code snippets. You will find every answer that you seek for in my collection of Delphi FAQ's/Tips/Tricks links.

       Conclusion
    Of course, there are several other ways to find help online. Keep checking About.com Delphi Programming articles and you will never find yourself lost in this virtual world.

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