You can also buy the electronic version (a PDF) at the same place if you want to lug a laptop around to read it. Get the book.
From Marco's blog:
- The book has 140 pages and is focused on the core Pascal language (and not its OOP extensions) as found in Delphi, with some references to differences or similarities in Delphi for .Net, in Chrome, and in Free Pascal. From the page "Essential Pascal is an introduction to the basic features of the Pascal language, as found in Delphi and other modern development tools, from the best selling author of Mastering Delphi."
- The book has had extensive editing and dozen of relevant corrections and improvements.
- Although the book is focused on new users of the Pascal language, it is not only an introductory book. By covering dynamic arrays, pointers, functions overloading, open array parameters, and variants (to name a few rather advanced topics) the book delves into many areas that not all Delphi developers are fluent with.
You can currently, get an electronic version [although it is version 2] from here if you want to have a good look at the index before buying.
I believe, and certainly hope, that Marco will be working on "Essential Delphi" soon - go bug him :) Again from his blog: "Essential Delphi might be turned into a printed volume depending on the success of Essential Pascal". You can download the electronic version of that book on Marco Cantù Tech World.
If all goes well, perhaps we will even see an updated version of the Delphi Developer Handbook soon too ... Marco ??
C'mon ... it's $20 ... skip lunch today and buy a book !! Nobody said anything about skipping the pub stop after work! Shipping will "probably" be pretty close to the book cost - better skip two lunches. Shipping, for me, was actually $6.03 - so, I'll have a pint instead of a double-dark-n-dirty :)
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