Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt: The Definitive Guide to PyQt Programming
©2008 | Pearson
©2008 | Pearson
Whether you're building GUI prototypes or full-fledged cross-platform GUI applications with native look-and-feel, PyQt 4 is your fastest, easiest, most powerful solution. Qt expert Mark Summerfield has written the definitive best-practice guide to PyQt 4 development.
With Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt you'll learn how to build efficient GUI applications that run on all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and many versions of Unix, using the same source code for all of them. Summerfield systematically introduces every core GUI development technique: from dialogs and windows to data handling; from events to printing; and more. Through the book's realistic examples you'll discover a completely new PyQt 4-based programming approach, as well as coverage of many new topics, from PyQt 4's rich text engine to advanced model/view and graphics/view programming. Every key concept is illuminated with realistic, downloadable examples–all tested on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with Python 2.5, Qt 4.2, and PyQt 4.2, and on Windows and Linux with Qt 4.3 and PyQt 4.3.
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Executing Python Code 10
Variables and Objects 12
Numbers and Strings 15
Built-in Functions 37
Conditional Branching 46
Exception Handling 66
Creating Instances 77
Methods and Special Methods 79
Inheritance and Polymorphism 99
Modules and Multifile Applications 104
A Pop-Up Alert in 25 Lines 112
An Expression Evaluator in 30 Lines 116
A Currency Converter in 70 Lines 121
Signals and Slots 127
Dumb Dialogs 141
Standard Dialogs 147
Smart Dialogs 154
Creating a Main Window 166
Handling User Actions 190
Designing User Interfaces 208
Implementing Dialogs 216
Testing Dialogs 221
Main Window Responsibilities 229
Data Container Responsibilities 235
Saving and Loading Binary Files 240
Saving and Loading Text Files 249
Saving and Loading XML Files 256
Layout Policies 270
Tab Widgets and Stacked Widgets 272
Single Document Interface(SDI) 283
Multiple Document Interface(MDI) 290
The Event-Handling Mechanism 303
Reimplementing Event Handlers 305
Using the Clipboard 310
Drag and Drop 312
Using Widget Style Sheets 322
Creating Composite Widgets 325
Subclassing Built-in Widgets 326
Subclassing QWidget 328
Custom and Interactive Graphics Items 351
Animation and Complex Shapes 368
Rich Text Editing 382
Printing Documents 398
Using the Convenience Item Widgets 415
Creating Custom Models 423
Creating Custom Delegates 436
Connecting to the Database 446
Executing SQL Queries 446
Using Database Form Views 451
Using Database Table Views 457
Custom Views 476
Generic Delegates 483
Representing Tabular Data in Trees 492
Online Help 510
Creating a TCP Client 523
Creating a TCP Server 529
Creating a Threaded Server 539
Creating and Managing Secondary Threads 544
Implementing a Secondary Thread 552
This Is Not Quite the End 559
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Mark Summerfield works as an independent trainer and consultant specializing in C++, Qt, Python, and PyQt. He was Trolltech’s documentation manager from 2000 to 2004, was the founding editor of Qt Quarterly, Trolltech’s customer newsletter, and coauthored C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3 and C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4.
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