Code Faster in Delphi Book

This book will make you a faster Delphi developer, it doesn't matter if you are just starting out, or have been using Delphi since version 1, you will find all sorts of tips, tricks and hacks to boost your productivity.

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Code Better in Delphi Book

Make your Delphi code better by reading this book! You will find numerous tips, tricks, techniques and tools to enhance and improve code. How does your code stack up? Are you writing code that will be usable for years, or are you heading towards a dystopian maintenance apocalypse?

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Telnet using TidTCPClient - #171

Delphi has amazing support for many internet protocols, in this video, we use a TidTCPClient to telnet into a device and get some temperature sensor data.

QuickEdits in the Form Designer - #170

This video has some additional productivity tips from my book Code Faster in Delphi. This time looking at a number of right-click "Quick Edit" options to save some time.

InputQuery - It might be more powerful than you think - #169

InputQuery is handy if you want to get a string value from a user, but you can also use it to get multiple values - and prefill those values (which I forgot to mention). Have I missed anything else?  Watch on YouTube.

The Problem With SpeedButton Images - #168

If you want nice smooth images on your SpeedButtons, then you are pretty much out of luck as they don't support proper transparency. In this video, we take a look at this and some options to resolve it.

Shifting a Control, when it's completely covered by other controls - #167

I use to find this situation very frustrating until I learnt this simple trick. Shift a control when it is completely obscured by other controls

TControlList - New in Delphi 10.4.2 - #166

This is a first look at the new TControlList that has been added to Delphi 10.4.2 Sydney. It allows for dynamically sized lists and only renders what is required.  Watch it on YouTube

TImageList.GrayscaleFactor - #164

In this video we see how you can use the GrayscaleFactor property of TImageList to significantly improve the image quality of your menu item images when they are disabled - sounds confusing, watch and learn.

Ping - #165

In this video we build a simple ping utility using the TIdICMPClient Indy component, we then produce a 'real-time' graph of the results using TChart.

Hide Non-Visual Controls - #163

In this video, we take a look at a handy shortcut for when you are editing forms. It hides all the non-visual controls, which can get in the way of the layout of your applications. There are also a number of bonus hints (Hide component captions, customise the file menu).

Editor Navigation Bar Shortcuts - #162

I don't use the Navigation Bar in the Code Editor as much as I should, but now that I know these cleaver shortcuts I'll be using it much more.  Find out what they are here.