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Product Details

  • Series: Hewlett-Packard Professional Books
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (October 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130270016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130270016
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,922,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preface

This book is a guide to writing applications for Linux, Microsoft NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows 95, and Windows 98, using the Qt software toolkit from Trolltech AS. As any respectable programming guide should, it provides a working knowledge of the Qt software distribution and the objects, widgets, and conveniences that the Qt toolkit provides. In addition, it explores some aspects of Qt programming for enterprise application development that are not obvious from the toolkit vendor's documentation.Audience

This book is for C++ programmers and students that want to write effective application software using the Qt toolkit. The focus is primarily on platform-independent software, but some platform-specific topics are unavoidably covered.Assumptions

This book is not a reference manual for the Qt objects and widgets—Trolltech has done an excellent job of providing reference documentation in HTML and Adobe Postscript formats. Their documentation is included with both the Qt-Free edition and the

Qt-Professional edition licenses, and is available from the Troll web site. trolltech

This book is written for both the experienced C++ programmer and the knowledgeable beginner. It is assumed the reader is familiar with standard C++ data types and how new data types are created. The reader should be familiar with the basic concepts of object-oriented (OO) design and implementation, particularly the concept of object inheritance. I have avoided using multiple inheritance in my examples for purposes of clarity, but the reader is encouraged to experiment.

While the title of this book implies a focus on Linux and Windows 2000, the actual scope is much larger. Most of the examples, as well as the code provided on the CD, will compile and function correctly on virtually any platform that Qt will.

If you are an experienced Microsoft developer, some of the coding style presented here may cause mild confusion. Please remember that with a few exceptions, the code presented in this book is intended for cross-platform use. As a result, you will seldom see references to DWORD, LPVOID, and LPSTR data types because they are undefined on platforms outside the Microsoft arena, and since most of the standard Unix data types are compatible with Windows development, they are used instead. The "correctness" of either is purely subjective.

Microsoft platform-specific examples require a Qt-Professional license. Licensing can be obtained directly from Trolltech, and is discussed in some detail in Chapter 1. While Qt software development can be done using the Borland compiler and tools, it is far more common for developers to use Microsoft Visual C++. As a result, it is assumed that the Windows developer has access to Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 and VC98 (Visual C++).

It is possible, in theory, to compile and use Qt-Free edition applications on a Windows platform, using the Cygnus Win32 implementation, the ming32 compiler distribution, the X11R6.3 development kit for Win32, and an appropriate X server. Since this is an incredibly esoteric environment, it isn't addressed by any of the examples in this book. However, any of the Linux examples should work, assuming you succeed in compiling the Qt-Free edition with the Cygnus compiler distribution—something I haven't tried yet.

Linux development can be accomplished using the Qt-Free edition. You will need a C++ compiler. This book assumes a generic gcc/g++ distribution (gcc-2.95 was used for the examples) from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), in the assumption that it is a reasonably low common denominator.

Many other platforms are supported out-of-the-box by Troll. I have had virtually no trouble using Qt on HP/UX or AIX.How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized into three parts. Part One is an introduction to the Qt toolkit. It provides some initial programming examples, and discusses some of the unique features that set Qt development apart from other toolkits. Part Two is a detailed discussion of toolkit components. Part Three discusses project-level considerations and debugging techniques.

Appendix A maps the contents of the accompanying CD-ROM. Appendix B (and the index) help to map the contents of this book.The Accompanying CD-ROM

The CD-ROM that comes with this book is in ISO9660 format with Joliet extensions (long filenames). The root directory of the CD-ROM contains a number of subdirectories with names that are (hopefully) descriptive of their contents. The only file in the root directory is a file named "contents.txt" that, surprisingly, contains a text map of what the CD-ROM contains, along with some brief descriptions of those contents.

From the Back Cover

  • Build state-of-the-art Qt graphical applications for Linux, UNIX, and Windows!
  • Qt concepts, techniques, widgets, convenience classes, and extensions
  • High-efficiency programming: object reuse, RAD techniques, internationalization, and more
  • Coverage of Qt for Microsoft Windows (including Windows 2000): interfacing with Microsoft APIs, DDE, and more!!
  • "In addition to being a mighty fine Qt hacker, Ward is also a very nice guy with a good sense of humor. I think that's a perfect combination for writing a book like this one."—Eirik Eng, President, Trolltech AS

    State-of-the-art graphical applications for Linux, UNIX, and Windows!

    For software developers, it's the holy grail: write one state-of-the-art graphical application that reaches all your key markets: Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Qt Programming for Linux and Windows shows experienced C++ programmers how to do just that, using the powerful new Qt toolkits-the same tools used to build the #1 Linux graphical user interface, KDE!

    • Discover what you can do with Qt 2 Free Edition-and what requires TrollTech's Qt Professional License
    • Master the Qt Toolkit and programming environment
    • Understand Qt's signal/slot mechanism and framework for component-based development
    • Review Qt's visual objects, convenience objects, and extensions
    • Qt object reuse and internationalization techniques
    • Incorporating Qt in Rapid Application Development processes

    Long-time Qt developer Patrick Ward provides exclusive, in-depth coverage of Qt programming in Microsoft Windows environments: interfacing with Microsoft APIs, working with DDE servers and COM/DCOM, even Qt 2 development for Windows 2000.

    If you're ready to build great graphical applications, build them fast, and run them anywhere, one book will show you how: Qt Programming for Linux and Windows 2000!

    CD-ROM INCLUDED

    The accompanying CD-ROM contains the new Qt 2.1 Free Edition distribution, value-added Qt toolkit extensions, sample code, and more.


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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Declan Moran on February 22, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    This book is unfortunately very overpriced (a fact which didn't stop my cover falling off after a couple of weeks though) and difficult to recommend. The best the book has to offer is an accompanying Cd with a relatively current version (2.1) of Qt, which may be a reason to buy for those with a poor or no internet connection (Downloading qt is an ~ 10M undertaking depending on exactly which version, and although most linux distributions come with a version is currently much earlier (1.4, I believe at present).
    The author seems to have tried to write a reference book in 270 pages. Instead I would suggest such books should try to offer introductions and an pedagogical overview as does Solin ("Qt Programming" by Sams), since the online Qt documentation is almost impossible to beat as a reference (what it leaves to be desired is the short complete examples covering the wide spectrum of classes/concepts that Solin achieves).
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2000
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    Unfortunately, this book fall short of expectations. It is little more than an overview of the basic funtionality is this wonderful rich featured package. Almost 30 pages of the total 270 pages are given over to Tables listing public and protected member functions all of which can be found in the Qt reference documentation. Appendix A takes up 55 pages of reference material, leaving a mear 180 pages left on the discussion of using Qt. The editorial review states this book contains a discussion of using COM/DCOM. This must have been a mistake since the subject of COM/DCOM is not mentioned anywhere in the book. Clearly, this book does not live up to expectations and there is no it could possibly cover such a vast topic in so few pages. Consequently, I could not recommend this book to anybody regardless of skill level
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2002
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    I have the the "Qt Programming for Linux and Windows 2000" by the same author, that was a poorly written book, only 20 percent of the content maybe usefull, I am surprised even such book got published, it raise my doubt about HP Professional Books. The list of Qt classes takes at least 20 percent of that book's content. I would sell mine brand new one for...(just to recover part of my cost).
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Phillips on January 16, 2001
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    I thought this book would give at least another angle learning and programming Qt and with HP's name on the book I thought it would be a quality book. Instead it is *obviously* an effort to be one of the first to market so that it can cash in on Qt. Essentially the book is a poorly written rehash of the Qt documentation that is already free. It also contains tons of listings, indexes and tables obviously put in to make the book look thick.
    Order the book if you like, but be prepared to be very disappointed. Notice how the prior ratings for this book are either 1-star or 5-star? There's a reason. (After this post, I now expect to see some new 4-star postings. Can you guess why?)
    Please don't get suckered in and give the author his quick buck. The book is so bad, I knew I was going to return it after going through it for 5 minutes. Mr. Ward should be embarrassed by this book. But he probably doesn't care because he's laughing all the way to the bank.
    Fyi, I ordered the Sams "Qt Programming in 24hours" book also. The Sams book, of course, only covers the basics, but I found it a good read. Also, it's interesting to notice how Qt's own readme has two books on it's "recommended list", the O'Rielly book and the Sam's book. It does not list this book and I'm willing to bet money that it never will.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chuang ming Che on January 12, 2001
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    not suitable for tutorial. not suitable for reference. just like a poor copy of reference documents in Qt packages. Qt reference documents is more usful for me
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2001
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    The bulk of this book consists of page after page of tables, reformatted from the Trolltech HTML Qt documentation. In what little original prose exists, you will see the phrase "See the Trolltech documentation" repeated again and again. A short section on project management is fairly good, but its two dozen pages hardly justify the cost of the book. The few sample programs are undocumented, and don't appear to do anything useful; it's hard to say, though, since many of them won't compile as written.
    Save your money and simply download the Qt package from Trolltech for free. This slap-dash effort is an attempt to cash in quickly on Qt's increasing popularity, and offers nothing worthwhile.
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    If you have never seen Qt, this is a useful book. It has a good explanation of the concepts and basic programming.
    But if you are spending your time reading the online documentation and coding, the book soon becomes useless and goes to the desk eternally.
    I bought it because O'Really book looked outdated. I think there is a new edition comming soon.
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2001
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    I found the example programs clear, concise, mostly easy to follow, and well explained. Best of all they are practical, and can be put to immediate use in real life applications. I didn't feel like they were written just to illustrate an abstract capability, but to help address issues that I grapple with in normal QT development.
    Having the sample routines on CD makes it a snap to cut-and-paste then edit for my own projects, though I also like to type routines manually from time to time, to ensure I cover every step and have a thorough understanding of what the code is doing.
    While it's true a fair amount of the book is devoted to functions which are available from Trolltech, I find it helpful to have the list of functions available in hard copy within the book. Referring to functions is quick, easy, and convenient.
    I found this book to be a good instructional tool as well as a good reference manual. Not for a complete novice, however.
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