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European Unix Platform (EUP): Book Review: Programming with Qt

May 13, 2000, 19:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pjotr Prins)

"For one medium sized project I selected the Qt libraries to port a nine year old DOS based program (built on the ZINC GUI framework - so it did actually have a nice graphical user interface) to Microsoft Windows. Not wanting to use MSWindows as a working environment for myself, I decided Qt is a good choice because it has been solidly designed to work on both Unix and Windows (after a recompile with Windows libraries)."

"ZINC at that time was pretty good, though it had some funny notions of operator overloading and the event model pretty much reflected the MSWindows API. After that experience programming Qt is like a dream. It has a much better designed OOP model, sensible naming conventions and is extremely stable and robust. The KDE project is based on Qt and is used by hundreds of thousands users daily, to give an indication. A successful example of multi-platform Qt is the impressive and free QCAD package."

"The author of Programming with Qt has worked on the Staroffice project, is part of the KDE development effort and displays his knowledge on GUI libraries, how to use them, and interface design issues. I was pleased to see him recommend About Face - The Essentials of User Interface Design (Alan Cooper, 1995) amongst others. It is one of the books that taught me a lot. ... I really recommend this book to anyone interested in Qt as a well designed GUI library."

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