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C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4 Paperback – June 26, 2006
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From the Back Cover
The Only Official Best-Practice Guide to Qt 4.1 Programming
Using Trolltech's Qt you can build industrial-strength C++ applications that run natively on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and embedded Linux--without making source code changes. With this book Trolltech insiders have written a start-to-finish guide to getting great results with the most powerful version of Qt ever created: Qt 4.1.
Using C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4 you'll discover the most effective Qt 4 programming patterns and techniques as you master key technologies ranging from Qt's model/view architecture to Qt's powerful new 2D paint engine. The authors provide readers with unparalleled insight into Qt's event model and layout system. Then, using realistic examples, they introduce superior techniques for everything from basic GUI development to advanced database and XML integration.
- Includes new chapters on Qt 4's model/view architecture and Qt's new plugin support, along with a brief introduction to Qtopia embedded programming
- Covers all Qt fundamentals, from dialogs and windows to implementing application functionality
- Introduces best practices for layout management and event processing
- Shows how to make the most of Qt 4's new APIs, including the powerful new 2D paint engine and the new easy-to-use container classes
- Contains completely updated material in every chapter
- Presents advanced Qt 4 techniques covered in no other book, from creating both Qt and application plugins to interfacing with native APIs
- Contains an in-depth appendix on C++/Qt programming for experienced Java developers
The accompanying CD-ROM includes the open source edition of Qt 4.1.1 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and many Unixes, as well as MinGW, a set of freely available development tools that can be used to build Qt applications on Windows, and also the source code for the book's examples.
About the Author
Jasmin Blanchette, Trolltech's documentation manager and a senior developer, has worked at Trolltech since 2001. He is editor of Qt Quarterly, Trolltech's technical newsletter, and coauthored C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3.
Mark Summerfield works as an independent trainer and consultant specializing in C++, Qt, and Python. He was Trolltech's documentation manager for almost three years and coauthored C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3.
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I read this quite differently than other 'introductions to'. In fact, I initially ignored it. But when it came time to build my own code, I kept running into questions as to how a particular programming problem was approached 'the right way'. A reference manual only shows you what you can do and there is an abundance of literature out there which will show you all the minutiae of endless variations of function calls - theory.
This book showed me how to properly put together FTP sessions, build a graphical directory tree of my own and much else. I am less interested in 'what does the framework offer?' but 'how do I best accomplish this task?'. This only an author with real-world programming experience can answer. This book's teaching by example will get you started quicker in Qt than anything else I have seen.
The other book 'Introduction to design patterns in C++ with Qt4' is also recommended but fairly high-level. The two together make a great combination.
My one complaint for this book is that it doesn't cover everything in Qt. For more esoteric things you'll have to switch over to the Qt on-line documentation available at trolltech.com. I've read other reviewers' complaints that the information in this book is all available at the Qt web site. That may be true, but if you're just learning, this book presents things in a logical and subsetted way. Also, since it has an index, it's easier to look up a specific area of interest.
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you're just starting out with Qt and/or GUI programming in general.
Touch all the main aspects of QT (from beginning to advanced programming) in a good way.
The sequence of the chapters are adequate.
The examples in the book are clear and the code is self-explained, and It helps a lot to understand the main concepts explained in the book.
Definitively, It's a learner's book, not a reference's book.
A recommended book to learn QT programming.
And says "As easy to read as a Croatian trains time table".
I would certainly agree with Linux Format: this book was quickly (hastely?) written.
In its current form, it is not good at all: I do regret my purchase (made only because Trolltech somewhere recommends it).
I have been browsing: "The Book of Qt 4: The Art of Building Qt Applications" by Daniel Molkentin.
My first impression of "The Book of Qt 4: The Art of Building Qt Applications" is a lot more positive, and I will probably purchase it.
Note: My previous posting, also negative (never derogative though) just disappeared.
I am wondering if Amazon delete negative evaluations.
This would not be so wise: trust here is of some value.
This is a great book for an even greater programming language.