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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (26 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131473816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131473812
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is the best way for beginning developers to learn wxWidgets programming in C++. It is a must-have for programmers thinking of using wxWidgets and those already using it."

—Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Software and the Open Source Applications Foundation

  • Build advanced cross-platform applications that support native look-and-feel on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and even Pocket PC

  • Master wxWidgets from start to finish—even if you've never built GUI applications before

  • Leverage advanced wxWidgets capabilities: networking, multithreading, streaming, and more

  • CD-ROM: library of development tools, source code, and sample applications

  • Foreword by Mitch Kapor, founder, Lotus Development and Open Source Application Foundation

wxWidgets is an easy-to-use, open source C++ API for writing GUI applications that run on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and even Pocket PC—supporting each platform's native look and feel with virtually no additional coding. Now, its creator and two leading developers teach you all you need to know to write robust cross-platform software with wxWidgets. This book covers everything from dialog boxes to drag-and-drop, from networking to multithreading. It includes all the tools and code you need to get great results, fast. From AMD to AOL, Lockheed Martin to Xerox, world-class developers are using wxWidgets to save money, increase efficiency, and reach new markets. With this book, you can, too.

  • wxWidgets quickstart: event/input handling, window layouts, drawing, printing, dialogs, and more

  • Working with window classes, from simple to advanced

  • Memory management, debugging, error checking, internationalization, and other advanced topics

  • Includes extensive code samples for Windows, Linux (GTK+), and Mac OS X

About the CD-ROM

The CD-ROM contains all of the source code from the book; wxWidgets distributions for Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and other platforms; the wxWidgets reference guide; and development tools including the OpenWatcom C++ compiler, the poEdit translation helper, and the DialogBlocks user interface builder.


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About the Author

Julian Smart has degrees from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Dundee. After working on model-based reasoning at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, he moved to the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute at the University of Edinburgh, where he founded the wxWidgets project in 1992. Since starting Anthemion Software in 1996, Julian has been helping other companies deploy wxWidgets, and he sells tools for programmers, including DialogBlocks and HelpBlocks. He has worked as a consultant for various companies including Borland and was a member of Red Hat's eCos team, writing GUI tools to support the embedded operating system. In 2004, Julian and his wife Harriet launched a consumer product for fiction writers called Writer's Café, written with wxWidgets. Julian and Harriet live in Edinburgh with their daughter Toni.

Kevin Hock has degrees from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in Computer Science and Accounting and has taught courses at Miami in both Java and client-server systems. In 2002, he started work on an instant messaging system and founded BitWise Communications, LLC, in 2003, offering both professional and personal instant messaging. During the course of developing BitWise using wxWidgets, Kevin became a wxWidgets developer and has provided enhancements to all platforms. Kevin lives in Oxford, Ohio.

Stefan Csomor is director and owner of Advanced Concepts AG, a company that specializes in cross-platform development and consulting. In addition to being a qualified medical doctor, he has more than 15 years of experience in object-oriented programming and has been writing software for 25 years. Stefan is the main author of the Mac OS port of wxWidgets.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Alessandro Nicolau on 10 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I come from a Microsoft-oriented experience, and I am thus used to Microsoft documentation, that is usually not exactly answering the deepest questions a programmer can make. This book, in addition to the fundamental fact that the source code of wxWidgets is freely available, does exactly the opposite. I am finding it a very good starting point to browse and understand the source code. Of course, some curiosity and willingness to take initiative to go through the code are requested to the reader to get the better out of this book and library.

I think I am going to make a great use of wxWidgets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. L. Goodwin on 9 July 2013
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Being a Windows programmer and about to start working on Linux with wxWidgets, I needed to get up to speed fast. This is a very good book. It is clear, and an excellent introduction to wxWidgets. I don't know how good it would be for a novice to GUI programming, but it is ideal for someone who wants to crossover from Windows. the only criticism I have is that the book does not go very deep into wxWidgets, but I suppose there is a limit to how much you can put in the book and keep it affordable, and not too big.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Nov. 2007
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This book is very good for beginning wxwidgets, the first two chapters are great, but the rest is just a copy of the docs that can be found online.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Wiman on 19 Oct. 2005
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Finally it is here - the book that teaches you how trivial it is to develop software for multiple platforms with wxWidgets! I have been using wxWidgets for more than 5 years, so I admit - there was not very much that I did not already know. Still I am very happy with the book, because it is a good reference to have beside me while coding. However, the greatest potential of this book is to attract even more developers to this wonderful library. You will be amazed to learn that it is not a bit harder to develop for all major platforms than to just target one of them, so why wait?
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