To my wife Lella, with love, encouragement, passion, dedication, and patience

This is a book about CodeGear Delphi 2009.

You won't find an introduction to Delphi programming, its Object Pascal language or its Visual Component Library in it. In this book you can read only about new features of Delphi 2009 for Win32 in each of these areas.

The book covers Delphi 2009 Unicode support, the new language features (such as generics and anonymous methods), the improvements of the IDE, the new classes of the Run Time Library, the new components of the VCL (including the Ribbon control), and the extensions to the database architecture and the DataSnap multi-tier technology.

As usual for my books, I'm covering the theory but also showing you dozens of examples, you can download and play with on your computer. If you still don't own Delphi 2009, you can download the trial version and also look at the actual programs in action in a series of videos linked from the web page: |

This book is a sequel to Delphi 2007 Handbook, as it doesn't repeat its content at all. If you are interested in new features of Delphi 2009 since Delphi 7 (or a similar old version), you can buy both of my Handbooks.

If you are looking for an introduction to Delphi, instead, you can refer to my "Essential Pascal" for the language foundations and to the books in "Mastering Delphi" series (in particular either "Mastering Delphi 7" or "Mastering Delphi 2005"). While my recent Handbooks and "Essential Pascal" are available on, the Mastering series was published in a more traditional way and can be found in physical or online bookstores.

You can find more details about all of my books at my personal website: |

As usual, writing this book was quite an effort, and I have to thank many developers from the Delphi community who supported me in various ways, starting with the tech reviewers and Delphi product managers and R&D team members. A big thank you goes to my wife and kids for their patience and encouragement.

I hope you enjoy the result, like I've enjoyed writing it. And I hope you like Delphi 2009, one of the best versions of Delphi ever, as I did.

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