Sams Teach Yourself Qt Programming in 24 Hours Paperback – 19 May 2000
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From the Back Cover
Sams Teach Yourself Qt Programming in 24 Hours will teach the reader how to quickly and easily write graphical programs for both X Windows-based systems (Linux, etc.) and Microsoft Windows systems. Consisting of 24 one-hour lessons, Sams Teach Yourself Qt in 24 Hours is divided into six sections that guide the reader through the language from the basics to the advanced functions. The first section of the book teaches the fundamentals of Qt. Building upon what has been taught in the first section, sections two through six show the reader how to apply that knowledge and make Qt a programming language they can use to fulfill their programming needs. Topics Include the Qt Class Library, basic and advanced graphics, creating custom GUI widgets, OpenGL, Netscape and Explorer plug-ins, and Qt GUI builders.
About the Author
Benjamin Briandet has been a programmer for 10 years. Most of his recent projects, as a programmer for the Segami Corporation, have required portability, so he has been doing a lot of work with Qt. He is currently writing an image viewer/converter for nuclear medicine using Qt. Benjamin is the author of many articles on Java programming for Visual J++ Developer's Journal.
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I was looking for a book that can teach me write Qt in python (using pySide) in relatively short amount of time (less than 10 hours). I ordered 3 books on Amazon at one time, hoping that at least one of them was good...
The other two are:
- PySide GUI Application Development: This book is basically a junk. Despite the author's poor English writing skills(just as bad as my... now you have an idea), the book is way too short. If you jump the introduction part(i.e. how to install it, what is QT, etc. ) and the part the author copied and pasted from PySide Reference page, there are not much original stuff left.
- Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt: If you have more time and want to have a very good understanding of QT in python, just buy this one... It uses PyQt though.
I must admit that, in general, I don't like the "Teach Yourself.." series from Sams, as I generally find that despite the good ansatz of "teach by doing" that the books tend to be 'thrown together' in too much of a hurry. Often they end up being little more than a collection of "click here, type this, and now you understand what happened" lectures, that lack good descriptions and explanations of why the examples work, and how one could change them to suit one's needs.
However there is a distinctive lack of Qt books on the market as of this writing: 3 in English: Solin (this book), Dalheimer (pub: O'Reilly edition 1) , and Ward (pub: Hewlett Packard) 1 in German: Leaner (pub: Addison Wesley, edition 2.. a thorough and helpful book too incidentally), and 1 in Japanese, with the "Official Qt Documentation" soon to be published. So I bought the book, albeit it with reservation, and started reading with scepticism.I was very pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong in this case.
The book is extremely well written with great attention to detail. The author is careful to cover lots of ground at a sufficient (but not pedantically nity gritty) level, with a self-contained and simple example for each of the many topics/Qt classes covered, making this an ideal introduction to and preparation for the (extensive and coherent) online Qt documentation. All other Qt books presently available have the serious failing that they do not have enough examples to illustrate the discussions in the book. Dalheimer has several versions of a single example and otherwise only code snippets (this is by the way the next best book in my opinion), and Ward has no complete examples worth mentioning (this book is highly overpriced, and not worth buying in my opinion. Borrow it from a library perhaps. It has a slightly outdated version of Qt (2.1) on an accompanying Cd which is something the other books don't have though.. perhaps a positive consideration for those with slow internet connections).
The author's email address is also printed in the book, and he was kind enough to answer promptly and send me the example source code, when I wrote to him. (Something the publisher's didn't...another black mark for Sams). The book also contains very helpful information on installing/setting up Qt , and even includes a chapter overviewing object orientated programming (Qt uses C++ as opposed to C. If you're completely new to C++ or object orientated concepts you should probably read an introductory book (Lafore's and Deitel's excellent works spring to mind) on that before trying to do any serious programming with Qt).
All in all this book is excellent and well worth buying. The only possible room for improvement/change in future editions would be the possible inclusion of a Cd with the example code and a current version of Qt, and sections covering the newer topics such Qt Designer and database programming (intended for inclusion in Qt 3.0), and the proposed Visual C++ integration Wizard (currently (version 2.2.4) implemented as a the seperately compilable qmsdev.dll ).
Note that this book is basically a "stepping stone" to get you going from scratch. After you've finished this book, you will likely not refer to it as much as the official Qt documentation that trolltech provides with most Qt packages. I recommend that beginners start with this book, and then move on to try the tutorial "cannon" program that comes with the official docs.
I gave it 5 stars because it's easy to follow, which I presume people with some basic C++ programming background would be interested in purchasing this book and this book covers alot. I'm going to look into a more detailed book by the same author which is also on sale and listed on Amazon if I'm not mistaken.
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