Saturday, June 18, 2016

Simple chat messaging system with Delphi and Firebase

Hi all,
some time ago I posted about my open source project: Firebase4Delphi. Well, Firebase was acquired by Google and in Google I/O 2016 was showed very interesting news and new features (more info here ). My project provide a REST facade to consume FIREBASE RealTime Database API.
The Firebase Realtime Database is a cloud-hosted database. Data is stored as JSON and synchronized in realtime to every connected client. When you build cross-platform apps with our iOS, Android, and JavaScript SDKs, all of your clients share one Realtime Database instance and automatically receive updates with the newest data. - Firebase Realtime Database Documentation
In my project there is a sample application about a Chat messaging system. If you enjoy Firebase program (https://console.firebase.google.com/), you are able to create your first Firebase project! See the online documentation to undestand how Firebase works.
Once you create your application you can start to use the Chat Messaging sample, it's very easy if you follow these steps:
  1. Create a clone of Firebase4Delphi project (or download it)
  2. Open Firebase4DelphiChatDemo.dproj
  3. Deploy the app on your favorite Target Platoform (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS)
  4. Once application started, put in the settings tab (Fig 1) the URL provided by Firebase Realtime Database related to your project (Fig 2) , adding the demo name "chatdemo" as REST parameter
  5. Choose a username
  6. Click Start Chat button
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Monday, February 29, 2016

DEB an Event Bus framework for Delphi

Hi all,
I have just started a new open source project: Delphi Event Bus a.k.a. DEB. As the title suggest DEB is an event bus framework based on publish/subscribe mechanism. It was inspired by EventBus framework for the Android platform.

How it works

DEB is designed to decouple different parts/layers of your application while still allowing them to communicate efficiently. The really exciting feature of this framework is that you can choose the delivery mode of the events: in the Main Thread or a Background thread.



Simply put the Subscribe attribute on your subscriber method you are able to receive a specific event, and by specifying the TThreadMode in attribute you can choose the context where to deliver the event.
For example, if you have to interact with the UI EventBus can deliver events in the main thread or If your subscriber does long running tasks (HTTP request), EventBus can also use background threads to avoid UI blocking. Regardless where an event was posted the EventBus will manage Thread synchronization, so you can deliver an Event in the MainThread and the subscriber will receive it on a background thread and viceversa.

Show me the code


Support

  • DEB is a 100% ObjectPascal framework so it works on VCL and Firemonkey
  • It works with DelphiXE7 and major
  • It should be works fine also on AppMethod

Currently, the project consists in a simple getting started guide, 2 great samples and a suite of unit tests. There is a lot of work to do, so any contributor is welcome. The project is hosted on github and here there is the link. I hope you are excited as much as I am about this project!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Delphi Demos repository

Hi all,
I have created a new repository on GitHub to keep all interesting Delphi demo that I have figured out. Here the link to repository. This is also a way to share the code with you, so it can be improved. The first project pushed is LocationSensorPatch, relative to previous post. I will put all my demo ASAP.