FireMonkey introduction

by Radek Červinka 10. September 2011 00:38

FireMonkey is a new multi-platform Delphi component library from Delphi XE2. It's VCL alternative. VCL will be still improved and maintained in future, but is fixed to Windows only. FireMonkey exists for Windows, Mac OSX and iOS, Linux and Android will be added in future (with other mobile platforms).

Unlike CLX (QT based), is FireMonkey created in Object Pascal (based on KSDEV) and use GPU hardware - on Windows Direct2D or GDI+, on MAC OpenGL (for Linux maybe too), for iOS OpenGL_ES (for Android in future probably too).

All is "CustomDraw" and Windows management operations (or mouse and so on) are handled with Platform instance and passed to OS. So about 90% of source code is OS independed.

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