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Game Programming Using Qt: Beginner's Guide

By : Lorenz Haas, Witold Wysota, Witold Wysota, Lorenz Haas
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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
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Time for action – setting up Qt sources using Git

First, you need to install Git on your system if you don't already have it. How to do that depends on your operating system. For Windows, simply download an installer from For Mac, the installer is available at For Linux, the simplest way is to use your system's package manager. For instance, on Debian-based distributions, just issue the sudo apt-get install git command on a terminal and wait until the installation gets completed.

Afterwards, you need to clone Qt's Git repository. Since Git is a command-line tool, we'll be using the command line from now on. To clone Qt's repository to a directory where you want to keep the sources, issue the following command:

git clone git://

If all goes well, Git will download a lot of source code from the network and create a qt5 directory, containing all the files that were downloaded. Then, change the...