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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 25: Delphi for .NET Preview: The Language and the RTL


The last chapter introduced Microsoft's .NET architecture. Now it is time to focus on the Delphi for .NET Preview that ships with Delphi 7. This chapter will cover specific changes that were made to the Delphi language to make it compatible with the Common Language Runtime. There have been some important additions to the language, such as namespaces and new visibility specifiers. Other long-standing features of the language had to be dropped because they are not supported in a type-safe environment.

This chapter discusses areas of the new compiler including the use of some of Microsoft's own class libraries for .NET and ASP support.

Bear in mind that the Delphi for .NET compiler is still being crafted as I write this. Borland's plan was to release the Preview compiler with Delphi 7 and to provide periodic updates to registered Delphi customers throughout the remainder of 2002 and in the early 2003 (before the Galileo project is completed). Some of the language features discussed here may not be implemented, or may be in varying states of completeness, depending on which version of the compiler you are working with. At the end of this chapter I list web resources you can monitor to keep abreast of the changes and latest news regarding Borland's Delphi for .NET compiler.


As was true in Chapter 24, most of this material comes from John Bushakra.

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