This chapter has presented an overview of the new and more advanced features of the Delphi 7 programming environment, including tips and suggestions about some lesser-known features that were already available in previous Delphi versions. I didn't provide a step-by-step description of the IDE, partly because it is generally simpler to begin using Delphi than it is to read about how to use it. Moreover, there is a detailed Help file describing the environment and the development of a new simple project; and you might already have some exposure to one of the past versions of Delphi or a similar development environment.
Now we are ready to spend the next chapter looking into the Delphi programming language. Then we'll proceed by studying the run-time library (RTL) and the class library included in Delphi.