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Getting Started with Qt 5

By : Benjamin Baka
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Getting Started with Qt 5

By: Benjamin Baka

Overview of this book

Qt is a cross-platform application framework and widget toolkit that is used to create GUI applications that can run on different hardware and operating systems. The main aim of this book is to introduce Qt to the reader. Through the use of simple examples, we will walk you through building blocks without focusing too much on theory. Qt is a popular tool that can be used for building a variety of applications, such as web browsers, media players such as VLC, and Adobe Photoshop. Following Qt installation and setup, the book dives straight into helping you create your first application. You will be introduced to Widgets, Qt's interface building block, and the many varieties that are available for creating GUIs. Next, Qt's core concept of signals and slots are well illustrated with sufficient examples. The book further teaches you how to create custom widgets, signals and slots, and how to communicate useful information via dialog boxes. To cap everything off, you will be taken through writing applications that can connect to databases in order to persist data. By the end of the book, you should be well equipped to start creating your own Qt applications and confident enough to pick up more advanced Qt techniques and materials to hone your skills.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

Implementing Windows and Dialog

In the previous chapter, we learned how to animate our application by using signals and slots to trigger and respond to actions that occur within our application. So far, we have been concentrating on examples that are contained in only one file and do not expressly describe a full working application. To do so, we will need to change the style in which our applications are written, and also adopt a number of new conventions.

In this chapter, we shall work with Windows in Qt, so that by the end of the chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Understand how to subclass and create a custom window application
  • Add a menu bar to a window
  • Add a toolbar to a window
  • Use the various dialog (boxes) to communicate information to the user