This is a concise reference manual for using 32-bit Windows API functions in the Delphi 3 development environment. It describes the core Win32 API functions, and includes chapters on window creation, window information retrieval, input functions, file input and output, and registry manipulation. Each chapter is filled with working examples, with each API function used as an example to demonstrate its functionality. The CD includes all the projects and example codes found in the book, bonus programs, shareware, freeware, and a help file containing every function description from the book. Of particular importance is the inclusion of evluation versions of many retail software products, including Demoshield 5.2 Evaluation Edition, InstallShiled 5 Professional Evaluation Version, Skyline Tools Evaluation Suite, and a complete free retail version of PackageForTheWeb.
The mission of the book.
The Tomes of Delphi series are reference guides for using the Windows 32 bit API in Delphi. As such, it is not a tutorial, and is not meant to be read from start to finish. There are over 200 examples in the book, and every API function covered is used in an example. This is not an all inclusive reference manual; indeed, such a thing would span several books. However, it does include the most commonly used API functions. Although Delphi encapsulates *most* of the Windows API, programming at the API level gives the developer more power and control, and this book will show several examples of how the Delphi developer can use the Windows API to achieve the maximum amount of power and control. Delphi developers writing powerful, robust applications that need the power of the Windows API should find this book a must have reference source.