One great thing about developing with Embarcadero’s RAD Studio, Delphi, C++ Builder and AppMethod is the component development model. Developing with components allows you to write code once that works across all platforms as the components take care of the platform specific API mappings. e.g. Talking to the camera, accelerometer, compass etc.
There are however times when a component doesn’t exist (yet). This is normally when something is platform specific as it doesn’t make sense to have a component that is platform specific when you can still call the API’s of that platform. e.g. prior to the announcements from Apple on the iPhone 6, NFC was on Android but not iOS.
So what do you need to do when you don’t have a component ready to go? – Well it depends on what you want to call. With regards to accessing NFC, then Brian Long and Danny Magin, both Embarcadero MVP’s, have recently blogged about working through importing the Java libraries required, setting up the intents to collect the message from NFC, setting your application so Android knows it can deal with messages from NFC and then using them. Pretty cool 🙂
- Daniel Magin Android NFC post (Delphi) written to accompany his recent presentation at the Germany Delphi Days,
- Brian Longs Android NFC post (Delphi)
If your interested further in calling platform API’s then check out the replays from the Skills Sprints for accessing Android and iOS API’s directly.