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Cross-Platform Development with Qt 6 and Modern C++

By : Nibedit Dey
Book Image

Cross-Platform Development with Qt 6 and Modern C++

By: Nibedit Dey

Overview of this book

Qt is a cross-platform application development framework widely used for developing applications that can run on a wide range of hardware platforms with little to no change in the underlying codebase. If you have basic knowledge of C++ and want to build desktop or mobile applications with a modern graphical user interface (GUI), Qt is the right choice for you. Cross-Platform Development with Qt 6 and Modern C++ helps you understand why Qt is one of the favorite GUI frameworks adopted by industries worldwide, covering the essentials of programming GUI apps across a multitude of platforms using the standard C++17 and Qt 6 features. Starting with the fundamentals of the Qt framework, including the features offered by Qt Creator, this practical guide will show you how to create classic user interfaces using Qt Widgets and touch-friendly user interfaces using Qt Quick. As you advance, you'll explore the Qt Creator IDE for developing applications for multiple desktops as well as for embedded and mobile platforms. You will also learn advanced concepts about signals and slots. Finally, the book takes you through debugging and testing your app with Qt Creator IDE. By the end of this book, you'll be able to build cross-platform applications with a modern GUI along with the speed and power of native apps.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: The Basics
Section 2: Cross-Platform Development
Section 3: Advanced Programming, Debugging, and Deployment

Creating a UI with Qt Designer

Let's get familiar with Qt Designer's interface before we start learning how to design our own UI. The following screenshot shows different sections of Qt Designer. We will gradually learn about these sections while designing our UI:

Figure 3.3 – Qt Designer UI

The Qt Widgets module comes with ready-to-use widgets. All these widgets can be found under the Widget Box section. Qt provides an option to create a UI by a drag-and-drop method. Let's explore these widgets by simply dragging them from the Widget Box area and dropping them into the Form Editor area. You can do this by grabbing an item and then pressing and releasing the mouse or trackpad over the intended region. Don't release your mouse or trackpad until the item reaches the Form Editor area.

The following screenshot shows different types of widgets available in the Widget Box section. We have added several ready-made widgets such as Label...