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C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4, 2nd Edition

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

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    Innaccurate Examples

    I new the book was .3 evolutions outdated when I bought it (soon to be .4), but I still had high hopes for it. I can still find it useful, but not so much after skimming through the examples.

    When I learn a new language I skim through the entire book, then I find the protions that are relevant to what I want to start with and go from there. It helps me stay in touch with the language because I find an everyday use for it.

    Thankfully this practice has lead to be a rat type coder. I try with what limited knowledge I have first, if that doesn't work I change some things and try again, repeat until frustation ... and then turn to the book. I'll probably always need a book, or documentation of somekind. I still turn to my Python manual from time to time, but that's just me.

    What I needed out of this though it has not fully provided. The code examples have glaring errors. The code's text does not match the picture's presentation of the code. So, today I was trying to work on a new list with columns. The code example's show exactly what I need, but the problem is, the text says they are reimplementing a TreeWidget but the picture says they are using a TableWidget.

    As I said, thankfully I am rat coder. Because if I had not thought outside of the book's box ... I would have learned a schizophrenic lesson.

    I can still use this for a reference when I don't want to use the Offline Docs that I have on my computer, and I will give the book another chance. However, having innaccurate examples really deters the effects I should have received. Unfortunate.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    A Great Starting Point for Experienced Developers

    If you have any experience using a C-like language, and some knowledge of GUI frameworks, then this book will be a great foundation for developing applications with Qt. No, not all the examples are "complete", and there are some code typos. But I actually found that most of the chapters follow a very effective layout. You learn some background and concepts, dive into a short example, and then start picking it apart, adding functionality as you learn the details.
    Personally I don't care much for books that print exhaustive multiple-page code samples with some scant guidance before or after the code. This book has much more "meat" on the bones, spending a lot of the text explaining the workings of the library as well as best practices and 'gotchas' to avoid.
    This book can be used as a reference, but the Qt documentation will always be the best source for the nitty-gritty details. And this book doesn't try to be that exhaustive. Instead you are focused on really learning small chunks of features, as well as getting a good feel for how Qt is structured. Once you "get" the Qt mindset, making use of the SDK documentation becomes easier.
    I do recommend you get yourself set up with an effective development environment that can handle the chore of spitting our boilerplate code for you, so that you can focus on implementing the real code samples, and not writing a main() 42 times. You can also make good use of the sample code that ships with the Qt SDK as a starting point for playing around with the subjects presented in this book.
    All told, this is one of the most effective "code along and learn" books I've purchased in a while. The excellent explanations, bite-sized code sample, and thoughtful style make it very easy to sit down for an hour or two and actually read and learn with this book. I've more than gotten my money's worth.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

    Before Prentice Hall got involved it was probably awesome

    As an IT professional, I really hate to see a book layout butchered like this. The authors are highly knowledgeable and skilled with the tool. Too bad the book designers had absolutely no idea how to layout a serious IT book.<BR/><BR/>Prior to chapter 3, this book is greatly miss-leading. They actually printed all of the code so seasoned IT professionals can go through the process of learning by re-keying, then fixing all of their keying errors. Yes, there are lazy bastards out there who won't even bother to compile the code, but anyone who bought the book to actually learn from it is going to be viciously shorted when they hit chapter 3. Most of the source code display switches to 5 line snippets with ... around it once you hit that chapter. The learning ceases.<BR/><BR/>Yes, Prentice Hall provided a Web site where you can download the code. So what? A major portion of the learning process for most IT professionals is being able to see the entire program or source file WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE DISCUSSION. They re-key it into their computers, fix their typos, and the discussion hits home. It is part of a tried and true learning process in place since the early 1980's. There is no "learning" occurring from 5 line snippets, that is "reference" display.<BR/><BR/>I wouldn't be so hard on this book if the title said it was meant to be a reference for experts. The title is focused on learning and the design department at Prentice Hall screwed the pooch.

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