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Game Programming Using Qt: Beginner's Guide

By : Lorenz Haas, Witold Wysota, Witold Wysota, Lorenz Haas
Book Image

Game Programming Using Qt: Beginner's Guide

By: Lorenz Haas, Witold Wysota, Witold Wysota, Lorenz Haas

Overview of this book

Qt is the leading cross-platform toolkit for all significant desktop, mobile, and embedded platforms and is becoming more popular by the day, especially on mobile and embedded devices. Despite its simplicity, it's a powerful tool that perfectly fits game developers’ needs. Using Qt and Qt Quick, it is easy to build fun games or shiny user interfaces. You only need to create your game once and deploy it on all major platforms like iOS, Android, and WinRT without changing a single source file. The book begins with a brief introduction to creating an application and preparing a working environment for both desktop and mobile platforms. It then dives deeper into the basics of creating graphical interfaces and Qt core concepts of data processing and display before you try creating a game. As you progress through the chapters, you’ll learn to enrich your games by implementing network connectivity and employing scripting. We then delve into Qt Quick, OpenGL, and various other tools to add game logic, design animation, add game physics, and build astonishing UI for the games. Towards the final chapters, you’ll learn to exploit mobile device features such as accelerators and sensors to build engaging user experiences. If you are planning to learn about Qt and its associated toolsets to build apps and games, this book is a must have.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Game Programming Using Qt
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Time for action – installing Qt using an online installer


First, go to http://qt.io and click on Download. This should bring you to a page containing a list of options for different licensing schemes. To use the open source version, choose the Open Source edition licensed under GPL and LGPL. Then, you can click on the Download Now button to retrieve the online installer for the platform that you are currently running on or you can click on any of the header sections to reach a more comprehensive list of options. The links to online installers are at the beginning of the list, as shown in the following screenshot. Click and download the one suited to your host machine:

When the download completes, run the installer, as shown:

Click on Next and after a while of waiting as the downloader checks remote repositories, you'll be asked for the installation path. Be sure to choose a path where you have write access (it's best to put Qt into your personal directory unless you ran the installer as the...