Frameworks and Libraries
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RAD Studio provides several frameworks and libraries that you can use to build your applications. For reference documentation, see the API Reference.
Application frameworks are frameworks that you can use to create applications.
One application can only use one application framework. You cannot use more than one application framework to build a single application. Before you start developing an application, you must decide which application framework you want to use.
GUI Application Frameworks
Multi-Tier Application Frameworks
RAD Studio provides the following application frameworks to create multi-tier applications:
Mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) that you can host in the cloud or on the premises, to expose custom REST APIs and enterprise database data.
Framework to allow client applications to access data and run subroutines of server applications that are on a common network.
Internet Application Frameworks
RAD Studio provides the following application frameworks to create internet applications:
Components to create web servers that can generate content, such as HTML or XML documents, as a response to a request URI.
Create web applications visually.
You can use the following libraries in any application:
- Libraries to access multiple database management systems (DBMS) and other data sources:
- Libraries for internet features and services:
- LiveBindings, an expression-based data-binding library that lets you bind objects to other objects or dataset fields.
- The RTL, a general-purpose library that provides a wide variety of low-level features (streams, files, dates, math, regular expressions, generic programming) and high-level features (networking, multithreading, and more).
Native APIs of Platforms
RAD Studio provides units (Delphi) and header files (C++) that you can use to access the native API of the platform where your application is running:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\20.0\source
C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\20.0\include
- Note: To make your code more portable and maintainable, use the RTL or your GUI framework instead of a native API of a specific platform.
The Tools API
RAD Studio provides its own API, the Tools API, which allows you to extend the IDE with new features.