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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (Jan. 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131240722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131240728
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,503,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was given a few weeks to port several applications from other windowing systems to Qt. I had never used Qt before.
This book, along with the Qt Assistant online documentation, were all I needed. I was astonished at how relevant almost every page of this book was to my tasks.
The examples of displaying data in a table, employing double-buffered graphics, parsing and creating XML, adding OpenGL, multithreading, using sockets, creating custom events, and accessing a database were all almost copy-and-pasted into my final applications. Even the esoteric information on selecting an object from an OpenGL widget was useful.
Maybe my needs were just particularly well covered by the material in this book, but it's more likely that the authors have carefully chosen a wide range of examples that prove to be extremely useful in real-world applications.
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By A Customer on May 15 2004
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I found myself pretty disappointed with this book contents. From book reviews I read, I expected clean, concise and self-contained explanation of Qt features. The book is indeed covering most of Qt features, but presentation style is - well, confusing. Namely, for the most parts, book chapters are explanations of rather large code fragments, that often have nothing to do with Qt. Reader is thus forced to take non-insignificant effort to understand these parts of code (that are in turn often incomplete, so it is necessary to look-up full source code from CD all the time), so understanding of Qt-specific topics has necessary to be blurred with this. For example, immediately after showing hello-world like program in first chapter, authors are jumping into development of full-blown Excell-like application in next three chapters. While it is indeed still toy application, it is not particularly funny to follow more than 1000 lines of code in this place (much more appropriate would be to have alike examples in later parts of book, once when most of Qt features covered with small and simple examples, or even as appendices). Things are getting worse toward end of book, with full sections of code completely irrelevant to topic. For example, at the end of chapter eight, an example of using OpenGL along with Qt is presented and this application implements picking support that is considered advanced topic even by OpenGL texts. This fragment of code is completely unnecessary, since authors already demonstrated usage of Qt mouse events for interaction with scene when they added support for rotating scene using mouse click-and-drag. Yet, the fragment is there and "explanation" of this code boils down to "you know, it's a bit complicated".Read more ›
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By A Customer on April 20 2004
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The only way to get the most up to date version of QT Non-Commercial for Windows is to buy this book. That is absolutely shameful. That is the only reason why most people would buy this book. If you want to develop free, open source applications that work on any platform - then you have to pay Trolltech if you want to use the newest version of QT according to their license. I understand their motivations (getting people to migrate to Linux, and making more profit for themselves), but it just means people are migrating to wxwidgets, gtk+, java, and .NET instead.
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I've been programming in perl for a little while now, waiting to take the next step to c++. This book cought my eye because of the words "Open Source" on the cover. I then saw that Bruce Parens is having a series of books published on a type of open source license. While part of me wanted to wait for it to come out in electronic form because I'm a recent graduate with no job (though an interview... crosses fingers), I really wanted to take full advantage of my unemployed time doing something productive. (Like open source coding) So I bought the book.
Initially there are a lot of similarities to the online documentation and online tutorials that you can get from trolltech's site. But that's really just in the first chapter. The beginning of the book is a walkthrough of the programming of a spreadsheet program.
There are some bad points however... as a novice programmer, I thought they should have gone over the design process a little more. However, if you are familiar with designing a GUI program and just want to learn how to code stuff in QT and the online docs don't quite cut it, then this is the book for you. While I haven't found any errors yet, I have found that certain things aren't explained all that well. (like this referring to the parent widget... they never really explained that) However, as a novice, I was able to answer all my questions with the online documentation, it just forces you to look up a few things outside of the book.
The idea of signals and slots is pretty ingenious and the book covers how to use them quite well. I'm very happy that trolltech gives away qt free to Open Source developers. It's very well put together and I wouldn't hesitate in using it in a proprietary application (after paying appropriate license fees).
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