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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
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Time for action – the player data JSON serializer

Our next exercise is to create a serializer of the same PlayerInfo structure as we used for the XML exercise, but this time the destination data format is going to be JSON.

Start by creating a PlayerInfoJSON class and give it an interface similar to the one shown in the following code:

class PlayerInfoJSON {
  QByteArray writePlayerInfo(const PlayerInfo &pinfo) const;

All that is really required is to implement the writePlayerInfo method. This method will use QJsonDocument::fromVariant() to perform the serialization; thus, what we really have to do is convert our player data to a variant. Let's add a protected method to do that:

QVariant PlayerInfoJSON::toVariant(const PlayerInfo &pinfo) const {
  QVariantList players;
  foreach(const Player &p, pinfo.players) players << toVariant(p);
  return players;

Since the structure is really a list of players, we can iterate the list of players, serialize...