Book: The Tomes of Delphi : Basic 32-Bit
Publisher: Wordware Publishing
Developer’s Guide to Delphi Communications is another addition to the highly successful Delphi series from Wordware. This is the only title on the market that provides a comprehensive overview to the communications capability of Delphi relative to the major communications protocols, such as TCP/IP, MAPI, SMTP, and HTTP.Reliable communications using computers has been important for a long time,starting with DOS bulletin boards and the early days of the Internet. In thisbook, we will provide an introduction to two of the essential communicationstechnologies, Windows Sockets (Winsock), the backbone of the Internet on theWindows platform, and the Telephony Application Programming Interface(TAPI).We will provide a complete introduction to Winsock and basic TAPI. We hadoriginally planned on covering many of the other Internet technologies and theentire TAPI, but discovered that the material was too extensive to do justice toany of these technologies. We plan to write another book dealing with advancedcommunications programming in which we will cover the more difficult andnewer topics. Nevertheless, this work should provide all that you will need towrite useful Internet/Intranet or telephony applications. The advanced book willbuild on this foundation and provide the means for going beyond basicfunctionality.This book is organized into two parts. Part I, written by John C. Penman, is acomplete introduction to Winsock programming. Chapter 1 provides an introductionto this technology and a description of the Winsock-related chaptersthat follow. Part II, written by Alan C. Moore, is a complete introduction to basicTAPI programming. Chapter 7 provides an introduction to this technology and adescription of the TAPI-related chapters that follow. As in other volumes inWordware Publishing’s Tomes of Delphi series, most chapters include introductorysections on the various technologies, a complete reference to functions,structures, and constants, and Delphi code examples.The book concludes with three appendices providing a glossary of essentialcommunications terms, information about error handling in Winsock and TAPI,and printed and Internet resources that provide additional information and programmingmaterials.Let’s begin the journey!