- Hardcover: 600 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (18 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132354187
- ISBN-13: 978-0132354189
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 22.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Rapid GUI Programming with Python and QT: The Definitive Guide to PyQt Programming (Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2007
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From the Back Cover
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.
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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
2. A text editor
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!)
It really is the only book you need to get started on your programming journey.
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.Read more ›
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.
For example, chapter 6; 'Creating a Main Window' takes the form of a thorough explanation of a relatively complex image viewing programme. Readers are invited to download the programme from the book's website, and can follow along as each block of code is explained in order. It is not, in my opinion, a good way to demonstrate how to build a simple programme of your own. A better tutorial would have begun with a simple 10 line programme demonstrating the creation of a single empty window, then step by step could have shown how to add items to the window, how to build file and edit menus, how to add toolbars; all the while having a working programme of increasing complexity.
So I'm not sure who will find this book useful. It is not organized in a why which would be efficient for use as a reference guide, but nor is it organized for use as a tutorial. It's more like an extended documentation for the example programs. I imagine readers who already know the basics would find the book teaches them different ways of doing things they have already figured out, but beginners will face an uphill battle trying to build their own applications from the examples included.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be well structured and has the necessary detail. Met my needs as an intermediate Pythonista. I recommend it.Published on 30 May 2014 by Mr. Matthew D. Black
I bought this with other books and it is an invaluable companion to the other learning. Well presented and informative. Great book.Published on 28 May 2013 by EMJAY
This is a really good book for those who want to start using PyQt lib/framework. It also provides all the necessary examples (located online).Published on 5 April 2013 by Alex M
Im very happy with this book, im not expert in python, but I could learn and work.with Qt without big problems. HAPPYPublished on 5 April 2013 by Fran
I should have had this book years ago. Writing GUIs is both fun and hard work, requiring careful attention to detail and frequent prototyping. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by J. F. Pye
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... Read more
A friend lent me a copy when I was looking for a quick start in Qt and Python. I read the first two chapters and was completely hooked, knowing that this was the book for me. Read morePublished on 23 July 2010 by Roland Rat
Although I had searched the internet for examples, and there are some, I wanted to dive into Python and Qt more. This book helps me very much with that. Read morePublished on 1 May 2010 by mulcamd
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