A lot has changed in the 10 years between Delphi 4 and Delphi 2009.
When I first purchased Delphi 2, I spent maybe a year learning it, and on upgrade to Delphi 3 and then to 4, I had to learn what was new. I have a whole shelf of Delphi books, 14 of them now that I look, but none is newer than Mastering Delphi 5 by Marco Cantu.
So it’s time for an update. Marco is the “master”, so off to his site. (His is among the blogs I follow).
Marco stopped his Mastering series with Delphi 2005. That’s the last complete reference he’s put together. It’s available from Amazon. In my case, I have now just purchased it from Amazon.ca. He also has source code from the book at his Google group.
Next is to purchase his Delphi 2007 Handbook from Lulu, which again only updates what’s new. The page also has an early version of his source code files. Hopefully the book will list a final version.
I’ll have to wait though, for his new Delphi 2009 Handbook. It will also be published by Lulu but he’s not quite finished and hopes it will be available in November.
So a few thousand pages to read and digest should get me up to speed and fill up all my time between programming.