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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 – the main window of the application

Create a new Qt Designer Form Class application. As a template, choose Main Window. Accept the default values for the rest of the wizard.

Create an action using the action editor and enter the following values in the dialog:

Now, create another action and fill it with the values shown in the following screenshot:

We want our game to look nice, so we will provide icons for the actions and we will embed images for them in our application using the resource system. Create a new file and make it Qt Resource File. Call it resources.qrc. Click on the Add button and choose Add Prefix. Change the value for the prefix to /. Then, click on the Add button again and choose Add Files. Find appropriate images for your actions and add them to the resource file. A dialog will appear asking whether you want to copy the files to the project directory. Agree by choosing Copy.

Now, edit the actions again in the Action Editor and choose icons for them.

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