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The Insider's Best-Practice Guide to Rapid PyQt 4 GUI Development

Whether you're building GUI prototypes or full-fledged cross-platform GUI applications with native look-and-feel, PyQt 4 is your fastest, easiest, most powerful solution. Qt expert Mark Summerfield has written the definitive best-practice guide to PyQt 4 development.

With Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt you'll learn how to build efficient GUI applications that run on all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and many versions of Unix, using the same source code for all of them. Summerfield systematically introduces every core GUI development technique: from dialogs and windows to data handling; from events to printing; and more. Through the book's realistic examples you'll discover a completely new PyQt 4-based programming approach, as well as coverage of many new topics, from PyQt 4's rich text engine to advanced model/view and graphics/view programming. Every key concept is illuminated with realistic, downloadable examples―all tested on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with Python 2.5, Qt 4.2, and PyQt 4.2, and on Windows and Linux with Qt 4.3 and PyQt 4.3.

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  • Python basics for every PyQt developer: data types, data structures, control structures, classes, modules, and more
  • Core PyQt GUI programming techniques: dialogs, main windows, and custom file formats
  • Using Qt Designer to design user interfaces, and to implement and test dialogs, events, the Clipboard, and drag-and-drop
  • Building custom widgets: Widget Style Sheets, composite widgets, subclassing, and more
  • Making the most of Qt 4.2's new graphics/view architecture
  • Connecting to databases, executing SQL queries, and using form and table views
  • Advanced model/view programming: custom views, generic delegates, and more
  • Implementing online help, internationalizing applications, and using PyQt's networking and multithreading facilities

About the Author

Mark Summerfield works as an independent trainer and consultant specializing in C++, Qt, Python, and PyQt. He was Trolltech’s documentation manager from 2000 to 2004, was the founding editor of Qt Quarterly, Trolltech’s customer newsletter, and coauthored C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3 and C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4.


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Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic introduction to computer programming!

OK, let me qualify that statement a little.
I am a hobby computer programmer. I now consider myself to be a relatively competent exponent of the art, but it has been a very painful journey to get to this point. I made so many errors along the way. I have chosen the wrong operating system, the wrong programming languages, spent WAY too much money to produce 3rd rate looking applications . I own heaven knows how many computer books, have installed lots of programming bloatware, but have now found my comfort zone using the tools which are the subject matter of this book. Sadly only now have I found this book!

So here's my take on this. If you want to learn to program, and want to create fantastic, native looking graphical user interfaces, the tools you need are
1. Python
2. A text editor
3. Qt4
4. Sip and PyQt4
5. A computer (be it linux, mac or windoze)
6. This book.

I'm going to assume you have a computer (you're reading this on Amazon, after all..).
So all you need to buy is this book. Everything else is available FREE (welcome to the beautiful world of open-source)

This book is beautifully thought out. It works through the basic Python syntax, then introduces the Qt tools, and explains how to overlay an interface to your code (yep... that's the way to do it... I found out to my detriment that m$ visual studio tends to encourage the opposite approach!)

Buy it.
It really is the only book you need to get started on your programming journey.

Cheers
Neil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 18 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is great. It has a very nice Python tutorial at the start (1st three chapters.) It covers PyQt really well and at the author's website you can get the book's source code for both Python 2 or 3. I had a lot of fun with this book. It is very detailed and covers a lot of ground. It also provide very well thought out examples that will teach you a lot more than just gui programming. You will be very comfortable with PyQt after you read this. I must add, it has been great to read the author's code. I'm still new to programming but i believe the author writes really great code. I have learnt a lot from that alone!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael S. Lumsden on 3 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well before reading this book, i was a competent self taught php web developer who had not done any gui development at all.

The opportunity arose from one of my clients to re-develop there epos / erp system to bring it into the 21 century with a networked gui application which seamlessly connected with there website via web services(they had this old legacy system coded in fortran)

Know i took this challenge not knowing how i was going to do it but was given some ley way on time as i was charging half the amount another software company had quoted.

I knew python for speed of development was the way to go but what toolkit to go with it? i looked at qt and wxpython but decided on the more advanced features in qt.

So i got my commercial license of qt and pyqt as well as a copy of Wing IDE and i was ready to go. I just need a strong tutorial for both qt and python as I've never used them before.

I must admit this book was one of the reasons why i went down this path as a friend already had it and was using it in his own projects, so it was already highly recommend to me, and as soon as i got it i was not disappointed. In my first few hours i already had my first application of a calculator up and running. In a week I'm now working on the application for my client which i have to say is going at a blistering pace. if you really want to make quality applications rapidly fast then you will not go far wrong with this book.

Its clear, concise and comprehensive. If you have done a bit of web programing in any language before then yo will easily transfer those skills to this framework and this book gives you the confidence to do it quickly.

PyQt is for pragmatic programmers who truly want to create great every day applications fast.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. L. P. Cooper on 8 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I own quite a few programming books and this book (Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt) may have a rather long name but do not let that fool you. This is one of the best programming books I have read (actually I am over half way through it as I write).
Mark Summerfield really gets it right, sensible applications to write without the tiresome comments about Monty Python.
The applications you create are fully fledged applications.

I have no trouble recommending this book for anyone looking to create fast professional applications with Python & Qt4.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Hall on 4 Feb. 2011
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What would I have done without this book?

Although Python, PyQt4 and Qt all have fairly good online documentation an plenty of helpful info on the web, I found this book incredibly useful in adding better, more useful code to my programs. The examples given are very thorough, well-explained and demonstrate a very broad coverage of what can be done with PyQt4. From threading your programs to adding server support and database handling to basic windows and dialogs, there are examples, insights and guidance. This is improved by downloading the code demonstrating from the website (for free), so that you can see how the code all comes together.

Absolutely fantastic!
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