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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
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Time for action – implementing a tic-tac-toe game board

We will now create a widget that implements a game board for tic-tac-toe using buttons.

Open the tictactoewidget.h file in Creator and update it by adding the highlighted code:

#include <QWidget>
class QPushButton;

class TicTacToeWidget : public QWidget
  TicTacToeWidget(QWidget *parent = 0);
  QList<QPushButton*> board;

Our additions create a list that can hold pointers to instances of the QPushButton class, which is the most commonly used button class in Qt. It will represent our game board. We have to teach the compiler to understand the classes that we use; thus, we add a forward declaration of the QPushButton class.

The next step is to create a method that will help us create all the buttons and use a layout to manage their geometries. Go to the header file again and add a void setupBoard...