Getting Started with Windows and Mac Development - course books and videos

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The first three lessons in the "Getting Started with Windows and Mac Development" e-Learning series are now available for download.  Included for each lesson is a Course Book for Delphi and C++ developers and video replays of the Delphi and the C++ sessions.  The course books and video replay links are posted on the "Getting Started" landing page each Tuesday afternoon following a lesson. If you don't see a link you can also search on the EDN's Code Central site for my submissions using my author link - and look for the titles containing "Getting Started with Win/Mac Dev".

The "Getting Started with Windows and Mac Development" series of lessons is targeted at new developers who need to create Windows and Mac applications and want to use FireMonkey to develop using one codebase.  Using Delphi to build iOS applications is also covered throughout the lessons.  The lessons can also be used by current Delphi and C++Builder developers who want to brush up their skills and get started with the FireMonkey business application platform.

You can find all of the links to the ongoing e-Learning series on the landing page at

You can still register for the next 6 lessons at

The course (currently) has 9 lessons scheduled (with additional lessons to be added during the summer and fall).  Lessons include:

  • May 3 - Lesson 1 – Introduction to FireMonkey and Development Environment Setup

  • May 10 - Lesson 2 – Creating your First FireMonkey Desktop Application

  • May 17 - Lesson 3 – The Integrated Development Environment

  • May 24 - Lesson 4 – Programming Language Basics

  • May 31 - Lesson 5 – Designing a FireMonkey HD User Interface

  • June 7 - Lesson 6 – Connecting to Data

  • June 14 - Lesson 7 – Creating a FireMonkey 3D Application

  • June 21 - Lesson 8 – Using FireMonkey image and Animation Effects

  • June 28 - Lesson 9 – Building Multi-Client, Multi-Platform, Multi-Tier applications

Join the e-Learning series which takes place every Thursday, May 3 to June 28.  Delphi lessons start at 10am Pacific Daylight Time (1:00PM EDT / 17:00 UTC).  C++ lessons take place at 11am Pacific Daylight Time (2:00PM EDT / 18:00 UTC).  Each live lesson lasts for approximately 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes (or so) of Q&A.

If you have any questions or suggestions for additional lessons, post a comment on this blog or send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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    Mark Shapiro Wednesday, 23 May 2012

    I ask for your indulgence with a completely off-topic message. For the past 12 years, I have used Delphi to build a small and very successful business developing a custom database application for domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in the U.S. As near as I can tell, it is now the market-leading application.

    I have begun retirement and succession planning and find myself a bit stumped about how I can connect with individuals or organizations that might have an interest in purchasing this business and continuing to develop my product. This may prove an attractive opportunity for folks who do not currently serve this market or who feel a strong passion for working with these difficult social issues.

    I have never participated in Delphi user groups, forums, or other networking vehicles. I write to you to ask for any advice you can provide about how I might introduce this opportunity to prospective buyers. Thank you in advance for whatever words of wisdom you can offer. Best wishes.

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    David Intersimone Friday, 20 July 2012

    Mark - our newsgroups/forums are a great place to meet up with other developers! You can also send me an email (davidi at embarcadero dot com) and maybe we can do a success/case study about your app?

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