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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 – creating an item for drawing outlined text

The goal of the current exercise is to be able to make the following QML code work:

import QtQuick 2.3
import OutlineTextItem 1.0

Rectangle {
  width: 800; height: 400
  OutlineTextItem {
    anchors.centerIn: parent
    text: "This is outlined text"
    fontFamily: "Arial"
    fontPixelSize: 64
    color: "#33ff0000"
    antialiasing: true
    border {
      color: "blue"
      width: 2
      style: Qt.DotLine

And produce the following result:

Start with an empty Qt project with the core, gui, and quick modules activated. Create a new class and call it OutlineTextItemBorder. Delete the implementation file as we are going to put all code into the header file. Place the following code into the class definition:

class OutlineTextItemBorder : public QObject {
  Q_PROPERTY(int width MEMBER m_width NOTIFY widthChanged)
  Q_PROPERTY(QColor color MEMBER m_color NOTIFY colorChanged)
  Q_PROPERTY(int style MEMBER m_style...