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DelphiMVCFramework Main Features

  • Simple to use, check the "Getting Started: 5 minutes guide" and you will be up and running in 5 minutes or less!
  • Project Roadmap is always public
    • More than 40 samples to learn all the features and be proficient and productive
  • RESTful (RMM Level 3) compliant
  • Stable and solid, used by small/mid/big projects since 2010
  • Support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/delphimvcframework with more than 950 active members
  • Can be used in load balanced environment using Redis (http://Redis.io) [dev]
  • Can be used in load balanced environment using MySQL [user contrib]
  • Wizard for the Delphi IDE. It makes DelphiMVCFramework even more simple to use!
  • Optional session support
  • JSON Web Token Support (JWT)
  • Extendable using middlewares (simple hooks to handle request/response)
  • CORS support
  • Basic Authentication
  • Controllers inheritance
  • Fancy URL with parameter mappings
  • Specialied renders to generate text, HTML, JSON
  • Powerful mapper to map json to objects and datasets to objects
  • Can be packaged as stand alone server, apache module (XE6 or better) and ISAPI dll
  • Integrated RESTClient
  • Works with XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, Delphi 10 Seattle, Delphi 10.1 Berlin
  • Completely unit tested
  • There is a sample for each functionality
  • There is a complete set of trainings about it, but the samples are included in the project
  • Server side generated pages using Mustache (https://mustache.github.io/) for Delphi (https://github.com/synopse/dmustache)
  • Specific trainings are available (ask me for a date and a place)
  • Messaging extension using STOMP (beta)
  • Automatic documentation through /system/describeserver.info
  • Driven by its huge community (Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/delphimvcframework)
  • Semantic Versioning
  • Simple and documented
  • Check the DMVCFramework Developer Guide (work in progress)

How to correctly get the repository

DMVCFramework uses a couple of external open source projects, so whe you clone its repository you must retrieve also all the submodule. In the developers guide all the speps are explained, but the git procedure is also repeated below in the screenshot. How to get the repository

Roadmap

DelphiMVCFramework roadmap is always updated as-soon-as the features planned are implemented. Check the roadmap here.

Trainings, consultancy or custom development service

As you know, good support on open source software is a must for professional users. If you need trainings, consultancy or custom developments on DelphiMVCFramework, send an email to dmvcframework at bittime dot it. Alternatively you can send a request using the contacts forms on bittimeprofessionals website. bit Time Professionals is the company behind DelphiMVCFramework, al the main developers works there.

Sub Projects

DelphiMVCFramework contains also a lot of indipendent code that can be used in other kind of project.

These are the most notable:

Using ObjectsMappers in Delphi Starter Edition

A lot of users ask about it, now is possible to use the Mapper also in Delphi Started Edition. To enable the "StarterEditionMode" open sources\dmvcframework.inc and remove the dot (.) after the curly brace in the following line

{.$DEFINE STARTEREDITION}

become

{$DEFINE STARTEREDITION}

Release Notes

2.1.5 (boron)

2.1.4 (beryllium)

2.1.3 (lithium)

2.1.2 (helium)

  • FIX for Delphi versions who don't have TJSONBool (Delphi XE8 or older)
  • Added new conditional define in dmvcframework.inc: JSONBOOL (defined for Delphi Seattle+)

2.1.1 (hydrogen)

  • Updated the IDE Expert to show the current version of the framework
  • FIX to the mapper about the datasets null values (needs to be checked in old Delphi versions)
  • ADDED support for boolean values in datasets serialization
  • ADDED unit tests about Mapper and dataset fields nullability
  • The current version is available in constant DMVCFRAMEWORK_VERSION defined in MVCFramework.Commons.pas

Samples and documentation

DMVCFramework is provided with a lot of examples focused on specific functionality. All samples are in Samples folder. Check the DMVCFramework Developer Guide (work in progress).

Getting Started

Below the is a basic sample of a DMVCFramework server wich can be deployed as standa-alone application, as an Apache module or as ISAPI dll. This flexibility is provided by the Delphi WebBroker framework (built-in in Delphi since Delphi 4). The project containes an IDE Expert which make creating DMVCFramework project a breeze. However not all the Delphi version are supported, so here's the manual version (which is not complicated at all).

To create this server, you have to create a new Delphi Projects -> WebBroker -> WebServerApplication. Then add the following changes to the webmodule.

unit WebModuleUnit1;

interface

uses System.SysUtils, System.Classes, Web.HTTPApp, MVCFramework {this unit contains TMVCEngine class};

type
  TWebModule1 = class(TWebModule)
    procedure WebModuleCreate(Sender: TObject);
    procedure WebModuleDestroy(Sender: TObject);

  private
    MVC: TMVCEngine;

  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  WebModuleClass: TComponentClass = TWebModule1;

implementation

{$R *.dfm}

uses UsersControllerU; //this is the unit where is defined the controller

procedure TWebModule1.WebModuleCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  MVC := TMVCEngine.Create(Self);
  MVC.Config[TMVCConfigKey.DocumentRoot] := 'public_html'; //if you need some static html, javascript, etc (optional)
  MVC.AddController(TUsersController); //see next section to know how to create a controller
end;

procedure TWebModule1.WebModuleDestroy(Sender: TObject);
begin
  MVC.Free;
end;

end.

Remember that the files inside the redist folder must be in the executable path or in the system path. If starting the server whithin the IDE doesn't works, try to run the executable outside the IDE and check the dependencies. That's it! You have just created your first DelphiMVCFramework. Now you have to add a controller to respond to the http request.

Sample Controller

Below a basic sample of a DMVCFramework controller with 2 action

unit UsersControllerU;

interface

uses 
  MVCFramework;

type 
   [MVCPath('/users')]
   TUsersController = class(TMVCController)
   public

    //The following action will be with a GET request like the following
    //http://myserver.com/users/3
    [MVCPath('/($id)')]
    [MVCProduces('application/json')]
    [MVCHTTPMethod([httpGET])]
    [MVCDoc('Returns a user as a JSON object')]
    procedure GetUser(id: Integer);


    //The following action will be with a GET request like the following
    //http://myserver.com/users
    [MVCPath('/')]
    [MVCProduces('application/json')]
    [MVCHTTPMethod([httpGET])]
    [MVCDoc('Returns the users list as a JSON Array of JSON Objects')]
    procedure GetUsers;

    //The following action will be with a PUT request like the following
    //http://myserver.com/users/3
    //and in the request body there should be a serialized TUser
    [MVCPath('/($id)')]
    [MVCProduce('application/json')]
    [MVCHTTPMethod([httpPUT])]
    [MVCDoc('Update a user')]    
    procedure UpdateUser(id: Integer);

    //The following action will respond to a POST request like the following
    //http://myserver.com/users
    //and in the request body there should be the new user to create as json
    [MVCPath]
    [MVCProduce('application/json')]
    [MVCHTTPMethod([httpPOST])]
    [MVCDoc('Create a new user, returns the id of the new user')]
    procedure CreateUser;

  end;

implementation

uses
  MyTransactionScript; //contains actual data access code

{ TUsersController }

procedure TUsersController.GetUsers;
var
  Users: TObjectList<TUser>;
begin
  Users := GetUsers;
  Render(Users);
end;

procedure TUsersController.GetUser(id: Integer);
var
  User: TUser;
begin
  User := GetUserById(id);
  Render(User);
end;

procedure TUsersController.UpdateUser(id: Integer);
var
  User: TUser;
begin
  User := Context.Request.BodyAs<TUser>;
  UpdateUser(id, User);
  Render(User);
end;    

procedure TUsersController.CreateUser;
var
  User: TUser;
begin
  User := Context.Request.BodyAs<TUser>;
  CreateUser(User);
  Render(User);
end;    

end.

Now you have a performant RESTful server wich respond to the following URLs:

  • GET /users/($id) (eg. /users/1, /users/45 etc)
  • PUT /users/($id) (eg. /users/1, /users/45 etc with the JSON data in the request body)
  • POST /users (the JSON data must be in the request body)

Quick Creation of DelphiMVCFramework Server

If you dont plan to deploy your DMVCFramework server behind a webserver (apache or IIS) you can also pack more than one listener application server into one single executable. In this case, the process is a bit different and involves the creation of a listener context. However, create a new server is a simple task:

uses
  MVCFramework.Server,
  MVCFramework.Server.Impl;

var
  LServerListener: IMVCListener;
begin
  LServerListener := TMVCListener.Create(TMVCListenerProperties.New
     .SetName('Listener1')
     .SetPort(5000)
     .SetMaxConnections(1024)
     .SetWebModuleClass(YourServerWebModuleClass)
   );  

  LServerListener.Start;
  LServerListener.Stop;
end;

If you want to add a layer of security (in its WebModule you should add the security middleware):

uses
  MVCFramework.Server,
  MVCFramework.Server.Impl,
  MVCFramework.Middleware.Authentication;

procedure TTestWebModule.WebModuleCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  FMVCEngine := TMVCEngine.Create(Self);

  // Add Yours Controllers
  FMVCEngine.AddController(TYourController);

  // Add Security Middleware
  FMVCEngine.AddMiddleware(TMVCBasicAuthenticationMiddleware.Create(
    TMVCDefaultAuthenticationHandler.New
    .SetOnAuthentication(
        procedure(const AUserName, APassword: string;
          AUserRoles: TList<string>; var IsValid: Boolean; 
          const ASessionData: TDictionary<String, String>)
        begin
          IsValid := AUserName.Equals('dmvc') and APassword.Equals('123');
        end
        )
    ));
end;  

In stand alone mode you can work with a context that supports multiple listeners servers:

uses
  MVCFramework.Server,
  MVCFramework.Server.Impl;

var
  LServerListenerCtx: IMVCListenersContext;

begin
  LServerListenerCtx := TMVCListenersContext.Create;

  LServerListenerCtx.Add(TMVCListenerProperties.New
    .SetName('Listener1')
    .SetPort(6000)
    .SetMaxConnections(1024)
    .SetWebModuleClass(WebModuleClass1)
    );

  LServerListenerCtx.Add(TMVCListenerProperties.New
    .SetName('Listener2')
    .SetPort(7000)
    .SetMaxConnections(1024)
    .SetWebModuleClass(WebModuleClass2)
    );

  LServerListenerCtx.StartAll;
end;  

Links

Feel free to ask questions on the "Delphi MVC Framework" facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/delphimvcframework).

http://www.danieleteti.it/2013/04/18/sneak-peek-to-simple-integration-between-dmvcframework-and-dorm/