[OT]ACCU Review C++ GUI Programming with QT

Discussion in 'C++' started by Steven T. Hatton, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Last year I picked up TC++PL(SE) because I wanted to learn to develop with
    Qt. After a month or so, I became discouraged, and went back to Java. I
    was making great headway with Java when the book reviewed below came out.
    I expected it to be heavier on the C++ side than it turned out to be.
    Though the authors do provide very good guidance for C++ programmers
    regarding style and fanness, they don't teach C++ from the bottom up.

    I only made it through the first part, and a bit of the second part before I
    decided it was time to go to a more fundamental C++ text. From the parts
    of C++GPwQt I did read, I discovered these are people who think a block of
    code is a paragraph. That is, that don't say 'the following code shows how
    to do such and such'. They simply present the code as if it were
    sufficient introduction to the ideas contained therein. They then elaborate
    on what the code does using English prose, and code snippets.

    There's nothing really wrong about that approach. It's just a bit
    unconventional. It actually worked well for me after I adjusted to the
    style. It means thinking in code is the primary emphasis. I found it
    quite amazing that they were able to take the reader through the creation
    of a very basic, but fully functional spreadsheet program as the very first
    significant example.

    TC++PL(SE) is a monster of a book. C++ is a dauntingly complex language.
    Simply reading the book once is not a sufficient means of gaining full
    mastery. I read the core language section twice, and could certainly learn
    much by reading it again. The second time I read many of the chapters, I
    realize how much I failed to comprehend the first time through. I am fully
    aware that I still do not have complete mastery of all the material. But
    for the time being, now that I've read Stroustrup's tome, excluding much of
    the appendices, I plan to finish the book reviewed in the following:

    C++ GUI Programming with Qt3 by Jasmin Blanchette & Mark Summerfield

    Just like you know when you have a really dire book, you definitely know
    when you have an excellent book and this one is definitely an excellent

    It starts off with the usual "Hello World" using straightforward,
    uncomplicated language. Everything is explained and explained in enough
    detail to convey not only what happens on the surface, but also slightly
    deeper down. This "taking by the hand" approach is incredibly effective and
    with the clear graphics and writing style demonstrates how to create
    applications quickly and efficiently.

    As you go further into the book, the level of complexity increases, but at
    the same time, so does the explanation.

    All of the main classes are covered - windows, menus, messages, slots and
    signals and covered in understandable language.

    The book comes with a CD containing all of the source code as well as Qt 3.2
    for Windows (non-commercial licence - in itself worth more than the value
    of the book), Linux and MacOS. It also comes with Borland C++ 5
    (non-commercial) and Borland C++ 6 (trial version).

    With Qt being one of the main widget sets on Linux (due to the amount it is
    used with KDE) as well as growing in popularity on the Windows and MacOSX
    platforms, this book is not only great value, but a very good way into
    learning about one of the premier cross platform widget libraries.

    Okay, it's not much use if you don't understand C++, but then if you don't
    understand C++, why would you buy this book?

    Hatton's Law: "There is only One inviolable Law"
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    Steven T. Hatton, Aug 20, 2004
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