Turbo StartDelphi combines the user-friendlyness of Visual Basic with the precise control and speed of C++. Without lots of "real" programming, you can develop very efficient and fast Windows applications.
Delphi is a RAD tool, Rapid Application Development. It reduces the complicated task of programming Windows applications to the handling of "objects" in a visual environment.
Typing of source code is limited to a strict minimum. As a result, you can fully concentrate on what the program should do: this is top-down programming at its highest level, designing a nice Windows GUI interface becomes a breeze. You don't have to "program" any standard Windows elements, just a few mouse clicks and there's your fully functional listbox, file dialog box, or even a full fledged database grid.
With Delphi, debugging is limited to the program lines that you entered yourself, because all the ready-made modules that you use are tested and ready-to-go.
Compared to the limited possibilities of Visual Basic or the complexity of C++, Delphi is really refreshing. Once you've used Delphi, you'll be fascinated by its sheer development speed.
For starters, a few general things about this Delphi Tutorial:
|You can freely download lessons 1 to 3 of our Crash Course Delphi and the associated source code files.
Members of the DelphiLand Club can also download the other lessons and our specific tutorials, including all fully commented source code files.