Helpful Resources for New Users
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This topic contains some helpful links to get you started learning Delphi, C++Builder, and the RAD Studio IDE.
- How to start a programming career with Delphi XE and C++Builder XE Starter Editions
- Tutorial: Using the IDE for Delphi and C++Builder, an illustrated tour of the IDE, with step-by-step instructions for creating your first RAD Studio application
- The Delphi XE Starter Essentials eBook free with the purchase of the Starter Edition or available for purchase in paperback at Lulu.com.
- A Beginner's Guide to Delphi Programming by Zarko Gajic; covers Delphi 7 and is relevant for newer versions.
- Fundamentals of Database Development with Delphi by Zarko Gajic; covers the prebuilt database components in Delphi 7 and is relevant for newer versions.
- Tutorial: Using dbExpress to View and Update Databases in an Application
- Tutorial: Using a DataSnap Server with an Application
- Tutorial: Using an InterBase Database in a Delphi or C++ Application
- Tutorial: Using dbExpress Delegate Drivers
The Tutorials section includes several other more general tutorials.
Code Examples and Application Samples
A library of code examples exists in the Help:
- Code examples are on the Examples wiki and in the Help.
- The Examples packages are also on SourceForge at: RAD Studio Code Examples.
Application samples (also known as Demos) are installed with the product:
- Sample projects for both Delphi and C++ are available at Start | Programs | Embarcadero RAD Studio | Samples.
- From inside the IDE, you can open the samples directory from the Welcome Page by choosing Projects > Open Sample Project.
- The Samples are also available on SourceForge at: RAD Studio Demo Code.
- Documentation for the product Samples is at Category:Sample, on the Examples wiki.
- See the latest video demos of RAD Studio XE at Channel-E.
- RAD Studio 2010 videos: 12 Demos of the Holiday Season, by Michael Rozlog.
- Nick Hodges demonstrated Turbo Delphi 2006. These videos are still relevant to later releases: 30 Demos in 30 Days, by Nick Hodges.
- Nick Hodges has a very good blog series: "Delphi Development Pretty Good Practices".
- Free beginner's book: Essential Pascal, by Marco Cantu.
- Website with tutorials: Delphi Basics, by Neil Moffatt.
- About.com: Learning Object-Oriented Programming with Delphi, by Zarko Gajik.
- Volker Hillman wrote a comprehensive Introduction to C++Builder 2010.
- QA Lead David Dean blogs about C++Builder 2007, 2009, 2010, C++0x, Boost, and 3rd party tools.
- Lean & Mean Borland C++ by Bruneau Babet (Brady Publishing, 1994)
- http://bcbjournal.org/ (C++Builder Developer's Journal)