Mastering Borland Delphi 2005
A free ebook with a Delphi 2006 Update is available here
Mastering Borland Delphi 2005 is a new edition of the best-selling Mastering Delphi series written by Marco Cantù and translated to a number of languages.
Mastering Borland Delphi 2005 is the completely revised and updated edition of the industry's favorite Delphi programming book, and offers the most complete coverage of Delphi 2005 programming available anywhere (which is easy to claim as this is the only book on the topic). The book already won two "Delphi Magazine Readers' Choice Awards" and Marco received the "Spirit of Delphi" award also for this effort.
The new edition has a good amount of material on .NET programming, but retains also a solid coverage of Win32 development, including all the new features of Delphi 2005 for Win32 ( language, RTL, VCL...).
You can order the book online through my site from Amazon.com (current sale price is 37.79, with a 37% discount, but prices on Amazon do change). You can order it on other amazons around the world by using the links ubove (under the book cover).
See also Marco's free books Essential Pascal and Essential Delphi (in the side menu) and his white papers on Delphi programming.
A preliminary version of the source code of the book is now ready. It includes 467 Delphi 2005 projects! It is a "release canditate". You'll find examples for all of the chapters but 18 (the ECO chapter), which at the moment is a separate download. For most chapters there are ready to use projects groups for both Win32 versions and .NET versions.
If you find any omissions, any errors, any unneeded files or missing ones... please let me know ASAP (you can reach me on my marco.cantu gmail account).
The download file is now on the "Marco Cantu Tech World" Google Group, in the files section (because of traffic problems I've had on my main site), it is called md2005code.zip, and the size is 3.5 MB. The second file is called ch18.zip and is only 194 KB.
Of course you can download it even if you don't have the book... and use the examples are starting points for your work. However, you are not allowed to republish this examples and please do not repost (in the various ways now common...) this ZIP file as it is subject to changes and it can be freeely grabbed here anyway -- now and in the future.
There are already some contacts to translate the book in Simplified Chinese (Posts & Telecommunication Press, CHINA) and Russian (Piter Print Ltd., RUSSIA). Mondadori Informatica has released it in Italian in January 2006. I'll post a detailed list as soon as translated books are released. Let me know if anything else is under development or there is any update.
I've started compiling a free ebook (at least free for now), with updated information regarding Delphi 2006. The ebook covers only new features introduced in Delphi 2006. A very early (non-edited) draft of the first chapter was available here as UpdateDelphi2006_EarlyDraft_1.pdf. Now the PDF format has been replaced by a more extensive version in HTML, comprising several chapters paid by Google Adsense. A PDF version might become available again in the future.
Any feedback via newsgroup or email is appreciated. More chapters will be available shortly.