Delphi 2009 Handbook

The guide to what's new in Delphi 2009 for Win32

From the best-selling author of the Mastering Delphi series

Author: Marco Cantù
Publisher: Marco Cantu
Printed and sold on
Pages: 400.
Release Date: December 1st, 2008

Price: 48.50 USD -- about 36 Euro

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Tips for buying on Lulu has apparently increased its shipping charges significantly. We are investigating for alternative printing/shipping options. Sorry is this affects you. If you live in continenal Europe or UK, you should set your currencty to Euros or Pounds and the book will be printed in and shipped from Spain, which will be faster and cheaper. Notice also that Lulu standard shipping has been "raised", so there are now cheaper options.

If we buy the books and ship them, we won't be able to beat those prices anyway... but we are workign on other solutions. If shipping is too expensive for you at this time, check back this page in a few weeks. And if you have suggestions, let us know.

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The Book

The book covers all the new featrues of Delphi 2009 for Win32, from Unicode support to generics, from anonymous methods to other language enhancements, from new IDE features to the Ribbon control, from Vista-enabled controls to DataSnap 2009. This is a brand new book, there is no overlapping material with the Delphi 2007 Handbook!

The Delphi 2009 Handbook has 400 pages covering exclusively new Delphi 2009 features. There is no introduction material or anything like that. The book is for developers who use Delphi 2007. If not, consider buying also the Delphi 2007 Handbook.

Chapters List

This is the list of the book chapters:

Part I: Unicode

Part II: Delphi 2009 and Its Compiler

Part III: VCL and Databases

Preface, Table of Contents, Introduction, Author

You can download a PDF of the first 17 pages of the book, comprising the Preface, the Table of Contents, and the Introduction. This material should give you a much better idea of the book content.

The download link is at: Delphi2009HandbookPrefaceTocAndIntro.pdf.


Marco Cantù is the author of the best-selling Mastering Delphi book series and is considered a prominent figure in the Delphi community. He was one of the recipients of the “Spirit of Delphi” award in 1999, together with Dutch Delphi guru Bob Swart. His Mastering Delphi books won two "Delphi Magazine Readers' Choice Awards". Marco has spoken at dozens of Borland/CodeGear conferences in the US and Europe, and has offered consulting and training throughout the world


If you are a publisher (or a translator) interested in a partnership for a localized version of the book, feel free to contact me.

Source Code and Demo Videos

The source code download is avaialable on the Code Central site of CodeGear. You need a valid login to downlaod, if I'm not wrong. I'll soon make the source code available in HTML format, for online browsing. Notice that you can also look at the example in a series of YouTube videos, hoted at the Delphi 2009 Handbook Videos page.There are two versions:

The book includes 90 example. Please let me know if there are missing files (compared to the book description) or any other problem. I've compiled and tested on Delphi 2009 Update 1.

Known issues: Some of the database demos have hardcoded database file paths (to the shared data fodler installed by Delphi) or need a dbExpress configuration.

Use the download files according to the source code licence below.

Again, as an alternative to running the programs you can see them running in a set of videos hosted at the Delphi 2009 Handbook Videos page.

Source Code License

The author created example code in this publication expressly for the free use by its readers. The source code for this book is copyrighted freeware, distributed via the web site The copyright prevents you from republishing the code in print media without permission. Readers are granted limited permission to use this code in their applications, as long at the code itself is not distributed, sold, or commercially exploited as a stand-alone product. Permission to add limited pieces of code to your application is fine, regardless of the application's license.

Aside from this specific exception concerning source code, no part of this publication may be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or reproduced in any way, in the original or in a translated language, including but not limited to photocopy, photograph, magnetic, or other record, without the prior agreement and written permission of the publisher.