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By: Charles Calvert
Abstract: This article provides an introduction to the Web Technologies Neighborhood.
Welcome to the Web Technologies neighborhood. I'm Charlie Calvert and both
will help coordinate the activities in this area of the Community site. If you
have comments or suggestions about this neighborhood, click on the hotlinks in
the previous sentence to send us mail.
Delphi provides many means of creating web based technologies. The most
advanced techniques available are part of the Internet Express, which ships in
the Delphi 5 Enterprise edition. You can find descriptions of how to work with
that technology in the following articles:
The first two are by John, and I wrote the third one. John's are probably
more in depth, while mine is a more introductory, or "how to" type of
Delphi 5 also provides support for ASP applications. There are no articles
about that technology at this time. Most programmers, however, should be able
to get started with creating ASP servers in Delphi by selecting File | New |
ActiveX | Active Server Object. You can also reference Delphi R&D guru Jim Tierney's example in CodeCentral.
The Delphi Web Broker Technology that ships with Delphi 5 professional and
Delphi 3 and 4 pro versions is also valuable for those who want to build web
based applications. Unfortunately, most of the articles we have written on this
subject are aimed at C++Builder developers. The redoubtable David Intersimone
has written several articles on this subject, and I've written one. The first
two listed here are from David, and the third one is mine:
I will make an effort to get mine ported over to Delphi as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, the technology is so similar in C++Builder and Delphi, that most
experienced programmers will be able to take the code from these examples and
port them to Delphi with little or no trouble.
Finally, the last category of Web Applications that you can write with
Delphi is available on all versions of the product. Using this technology, you
write directly to the ISAPI or CGI API's, with no help from pre-built Delphi
classes. Several years ago I describe the basics of the low level ISAPI
technology in the following article:
People who are interested in this subject should also see what is available
from HREF Tools.
For now, that's all the articles I can point you to. If you know some
additional links that I should include here, or have you have comments about
this neighborhood, or if you yourself would like to contribute articles to this
neighborhood, let either John or myself know, and we will see what we can do
for you! Thanks again for your interest in Delphi!
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