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Part I - Foundations
  Chapter 1 – Delphi 7 and Its IDE
  Chapter 2 – The Delphi Programming Language
  Chapter 3 – The Run-Time Library
  Chapter 4 – Core Library classes
  Chapter 5 – Visual Controls
  Chapter 6 – Building the User Interface
  Chapter 7 – Working with Forms
Part II - Delphi Object-Oriented Architectures
  Chapter 8 – The Architecture of Delphi Applications
  Chapter 9 – Writing Delphi Components
  Chapter 10 – Libraries and Packages
  Chapter 11 – Modeling and OOP Programming (with ModelMaker)
  Chapter 12 – From COM to COM+
Part III - Delphi Database-Oriented Architectures
  Chapter 13 – Delphi's Database Architecture
  Chapter 14 – Client/Server with dbExpress
  Chapter 15 – Working with ADO
  Chapter 16 – Multitier DataSnap Applications
  Chapter 17 – Writing Database Components
  Chapter 18 – Reporting with Rave
Part IV - Delphi, the Internet, and a .NET Preview
  Chapter 19 – Internet Programming: Sockets and Indy
  Chapter 20 – Web Programming with WebBroker and WebSnap
  Chapter 21 – Web Programming with IntraWeb
  Chapter 22 – Using XML Technologies
  Chapter 23 – Web Services and SOAP
  Chapter 24 – The Microsoft .NET Architecture from the Delphi Perspective
  Chapter 25 – Delphi for .NET Preview: The Language and the RTL
  Appendix A – Extra Delphi Tools by the Author
  Appendix B – Extra Delphi Tools from Other Sources
  Appendix C – Free Companion Books on Delphi
  List of Figures    
  List of tables    
  List of Listings    
  List of Sidebars  

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Chapter 16: Multitier DataSnap Applications


Large companies often have needs that are broader than applications using local database and SQL servers can meet. In the past few years, Borland Software Corporation has been addressing the needs of large corporations, and it even temporarily changed its own name to Inprise to underline this enterprise focus. The name was eventually changed back to Borland, but the focus on enterprise development remains.

Delphi targets many different technologies: three-tier architectures based on Windows NT and DCOM, TCP/IP and socket applications, and—most of all—SOAP- and XML-based web services. This chapter focuses on database-oriented multitier architectures; XML-oriented solutions will be discussed in Chapters 22 and 23, which are devoted to XML, SOAP, and web services.

Before proceeding, I should emphasize two important elements. First, the tools to support this kind of development are available only in the Enterprise version of Delphi; and second, with Delphi 7 you don't have to pay a deployment fee for DataSnap applications. You buy the development environment and then deploy your programs on as many servers as you want, without owing Borland any money. This is a very significant change (the most significant in Delphi 7) to the distribution policy of DataSnap, which used to require a per-server fee (initially very high, then significantly lowered over time). This new deployment license will certainly increase the appeal of DataSnap to developers, which is a good reason to cover it in some detail.

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