What Is It?
What Is It?
Bouncing Bitmaps! is a 32-Bit screen saver for Windows95. Bouncing
Bitmaps! allows you to pick your favorite picture, or company
logo, and have it bounce around on the screen.
Bouncing Bitmaps! was written using Borland's 32-Bit Delphi Developer
2.0. Bouncing Bitmaps! has full Windows95 support including registry
support, multi-threading, and control panel preview window support.
Why Should I Use It?
There are several reasons to use Bouncing Bitmaps!:
- YOU can pick the picture you want to see
- It's FREE!
- You're tired of staring at the flying windows symbols
- It's FREE!
- It's Very Fast!
- Did I mention that it's ... FREE!
Borland Delphi Developer 2.0, in my opinion, is the best RAD tool
on the market today. It has many advantages over Microsoft Visual
The most noticable difference between Delphi and VB is that Delphi
uses a native-code compiler, while VB uses a p-code compiler.
The difference between native compile and p-code compile is that
a natively compiled executable can, in most cases, be distributed
by itself. A p-code compiled executable must be distributed with
the supporting p-code interpreting libraries. The Windows95 operating
system can not directly execute p-code, so it must load several
interpreters that read the p-code, and interpret the instructions
for the operating system. A p-code compiled application is much
bigger as a result of these interpreters that must be used. If
I had written Bouncing Bitmaps! using Visual Basic, the diistribution
program would be 2-3MB in size and require a separate installation
Another big difference between Delphi and Visual Basic is the
use of CASE tools. The CASE tool most commonly used wth Visual
Basic is the .OCX control An .OCX control can not be compiled
into the executable, and must be distributed as a separate file.
Delphi has the ability to use .OCX controls, but it is often
times not necessary. Delphi uses what is called the 'Visual Component
Library' for CASE tool implementation. Delphi visual components
are written in Delphi and can be compiled into the executable
file, and not distributed as a second file. Delphi visual components
are much faster than OLE controls due to the fact that they are
compiled along with the rest of the application. Delphi visual
components are available for free or very inexpensive use on the
Internet, and support a very wide range of functionality.
The last major advantage of using Delphi developer is that it
fully supports object oriented programming and reuse. Microsoft
Visual Basic is only object based, and does not fully support
object oriented programming. Delphi developer comes integrated
with what is known as the 'Object Repository' which is used for
object reuse. Objects and even entire applications can be copied
to the object repository where they are ready for full reuse.
Microsoft Visual Basic Enterprise edition does come with a program
called Visual Source Safe which can enforce team development security
For more information about Delphi, visit the Borland website at
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