Advanced Qt Programming: Creating Great Software with C++ and Qt 4

Advanced Qt Programming: Creating Great Software with C++ and Qt 4

Hardback Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development

By (author) Mark Summerfield

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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Format: Hardback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 234mm x 36mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0321635906
  • ISBN 13: 9780321635907
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 168,228

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Master Qt's Most Powerful APIs, Patterns, and Development Practices Qt has evolved into a remarkably powerful solution for cross-platform desktop, Web, and mobile development. However, even the most experienced Qt programmers only use a fraction of its capabilities. Moreover, practical information about Qt's newest features has been scarce-until now. Advanced Qt Programming shows developers exactly how to take full advantage of Qt 4.5's and Qt 4.6's most valuable new APIs, application patterns, and development practices. Authored by Qt expert Mark Summerfield, this book concentrates on techniques that offer the most power and flexibility with the least added complexity. Summerfield focuses especially on model/view and graphics/view programming, hybrid desktop/Web applications, threading, and applications incorporating media and rich text. Throughout, he presents realistic, downloadable code examples, all tested on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux using Qt 4.6 (and most tested on Qt 4.5) and designed to anticipate future versions of Qt. The book * Walks through using Qt with WebKit to create innovative hybrid desktop/Internet applications * Shows how to use the Phonon framework to build powerful multimedia applications * Presents state-of-the-art techniques for using model/view table and tree models, QStandardItemModels, delegates, and views, and for creating custom table and tree models, delegates, and views * Explains how to write more effective threaded programs with the QtConcurrent module and with the QThread class * Includes detailed coverage of creating rich text editors and documents * Thoroughly covers graphics/view programming: architecture, windows, widgets, layouts, scenes, and more * Introduces Qt 4.6's powerful animation and state machine frameworks

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Mark Summerfield owns Qtrac Ltd., where he works as an independent consultant, programmer, author, editor, and trainer specializing in C++, Qt, Python, and PyQt. During nearly three years as documentation manager for Trolltech (now Nokia's Qt Development Frameworks), he founded and edited the Qt Quarterly technical journal. His books include Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt (Prentice Hall, 2008) and Programming in Python 3, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2010). With Jasmin Blanchette, he coauthored C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4, Second Edition (Prentice Hall, 2008).

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"A good book on advanced Qt programming has been missing in the arsenal of Qt programmers. I'm very happy that Mark has written one. He is a fantastic technicalwriter with all the necessary background to write authoritatively about Qt programming. ... In other words: You are in for a treat! You are holding in your hands an excellent opportunity to expand on your knowledge of all the cool stuff you can do with Qt." -Eirik Chambe-Eng, cocreator of Qt

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Master Qt's Most Powerful APIs, Patterns, and Development Practices Qt has evolved into a remarkably powerful solution for cross-platform desktop, Web, and mobile development. However, even the most experienced Qt programmers only use a fraction of its capabilities. Moreover, practical information about Qt's newest features has been scarce-until now. " " "Advanced Qt Programming "shows developers exactly how to take full advantage of Qt 4.5's and Qt 4.6's most valuable new APIs, application patterns, and development practices. Authored by Qt expert Mark Summerfield, this book concentrates on techniques that offer the most power and flexibility with the least added complexity. Summerfield focuses especially on model/view and graphics/view programming, hybrid desktop/Web applications, threading, and applications incorporating media and rich text. Throughout, he presents realistic, downloadable code examples, all tested on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux using Qt 4.6 (and most tested on Qt 4.5) and designed to anticipate future versions of Qt. The book Walks through using Qt with WebKit to create innovative hybrid desktop/Internet applications Shows how to use the Phonon framework to build powerful multimedia applications Presents state-of-the-art techniques for using model/view table and tree models, QStandardItemModels, delegates, and views, and for creating custom table and tree models, delegates, and views Explains how to write more effective threaded programs with the QtConcurrent module and with the QThread class Includes detailed coverage of creating rich text editors and documents Thoroughly covers graphics/view programming: architecture, windows, widgets, layouts, scenes, and more Introduces Qt 4.6's powerful animation and state machine frameworks

Table of contents

List of Tables xiii Foreword xv Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Hybrid Desktop/Internet Applications 5 Internet-Aware Widgets 6 Using WebKit 21 Chapter 2: Audio and Video 53 Using QSound and QMovie 54 The Phonon Multimedia Framework 60 Chapter 3: Model/View Table Models 87 Qt's Model/View Architecture 88 Using QStandardItemModels for Tables 90 Creating Custom Table Models 113 Chapter 4: Model/View Tree Models 129 Using QStandardItemModels for Trees 130 Creating Custom Tree Models 151 Chapter 5: Model/View Delegates 185 Datatype-Specific Editors 186 Datatype-Specific Delegates 188 Model-Specific Delegates 201 Chapter 6: Model/View Views 207 QAbstractItemView Subclasses 208 Model-Specific Visualizing Views 224 Chapter 7: Threading with QtConcurrent 245 Executing Functions in Threads 248 Filtering and Mapping in Threads 261 Chapter 8: Threading with QThread 287 Processing Independent Items 287 Processing Shared Items 302 Chapter 9: Creating Rich Text Editors 317 Introducing QTextDocument 318 Creating Custom Text Editors 320 A Rich Text Single Line Editor 342 Multi-line Rich Text Editing 353 Chapter 10: Creating Rich Text Documents 359 Exported QTextDocument File Quality 361 Creating QTextDocuments 364 Exporting and Printing Documents 371 Painting Pages 379 Chapter 11: Creating Graphics/View Windows 389 The Graphics/View Architecture 390 Graphics/View Widgets and Layouts 392 Introducing Graphics Items 399 Chapter 12: Creating Graphics/View Scenes 409 Scenes, Items, and Actions 411 Enhancing QGraphicsView 439 Creating a Dock Widget Toolbox 440 Creating Custom Graphics Items 447 Chapter 13: The Animation and State Machine Frameworks 469 Introducing the Animation Framework 469 Introducing the State Machine Framework 474 Combining Animations and State Machines 481 Epilogue 491 Selected Bibliography 495 Index 499