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Friday, March 21, 2008

Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt (Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development)

The Insider's Best-Practice Guide to Rapid PyQt 4 GUI Development

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

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.

Coverge includes

Python basics for every PyQt developer: data types, data structures,
control structures, classes,

modules, and more

Core PyQt GUI programming techniques: dialogs, main windows, and custom
file formats

Using Qt Designer to design user interfaces, and to implement and test
dialogs, events, the

Clipboard, and drag-and-drop

Building custom widgets: Widget Style Sheets, composite widgets,
subclassing, and more

Making the most of Qt 4.2's new graphics/view architecture

Connecting to databases, executing SQL queries, and using form and table

Advanced model/view programming: custom views, generic delegates, and more

Implementing online help, internationalizing applications, and using
PyQt's networking and

multithreading facilities



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