Rapid GUI Programming with Python and QT: The Definitive Guide to PyQt Programming (Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development)

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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 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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  • 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 views
  • 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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About the Author:

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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Book Description Prentice Hall, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Foreword xiiiIntroduction 1Part I: Python Programming Chapter 1. Data Types and Data Structures 9Executing Python Code 10 Variables and Objects 12 Numbers and Strings 15 Collections 29 Built-in Functions 37 Summary 41 Exercises 42 Chapter 2. Control Structures 45Conditional Branching 46 Looping 49 Functions 55 Exception Handling 66 Summary 72 Exercises 72 Chapter 3. Classes and Modules 75Creating Instances 77 Methods and Special Methods 79 Inheritance and Polymorphism 99 Modules and Multifile Applications 104 Summary 107 Exercises 108 Part II: Basic GUI Programming Chapter 4. Introduction to GUI Programming 111A 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 Summary 136 Exercise 137 Chapter 5. Dialogs 139Dumb Dialogs 141 Standard Dialogs 147 Smart Dialogs 154 Summary 162 Exercise 163 Chapter 6. Main Windows 165Creating a Main Window 166 Handling User Actions 190 Summary 201 Exercise 202 Chapter 7. Using Qt Designer 205Designing User Interfaces 208 Implementing Dialogs 216 Testing Dialogs 221 Summary 223 Exercise 224 Chapter 8. Data Handling and Custom File Formats 227Main 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 Summary 265 Exercise 266 Part III: Intermediate GUI Programming Chapter 9. Layouts and Multiple Documents 269Layout Policies 270 Tab Widgets and Stacked Widgets 272 Splitters 280 Single Document Interface(SDI) 283 Multiple Document Interface(MDI) 290 Summary 300 Exercise 301 Chapter 10. Events, the Clipboard, and Drag and Drop 303The Event-Handling Mechanism 303 Reimplementing Event Handlers 305 Using the Clipboard 310 Drag and Drop 312 Summary 317 Exercise 318 Chapter 11. Custom Widgets 321Using Widget Style Sheets 322 Creating Composite Widgets 325 Subclassing Built-in Widgets 326 Subclassing QWidget 328 Summary 345 Exercise 346 Chapter 12. Item-Based Graphics 349Custom and Interactive Graphics Items 351 Animation and Complex Shapes 368 Summary 378 Exercise 379 Chapter 13. Rich Text and Printing 381Rich Text Editing 382 Printing Documents 398 Summary 411 Exercise 412 Chapter 14. Model/View Programming 413Using the Convenience Item Widgets 415 Creating Custom Models 423 Creating Custom Delegates 436 Summary 442 Exercise 443 Chapter 15. Databases 445Connecting to the Database 446 Executing SQL Queries 446 Using Database Form Views 451 Using Database Table Views 457 Summary 470 Exercise 471 Part IV: Advanced GUI Programming Chapter 16. Advanced Model/View Programming 475Custom Views 476 Generic Delegates 483 Representing Tabular Data in Trees 492 Summary 505 Exercise 505 Chapter 17. Online Help and Internationalization 509Online Help 510 Internationalization 512 Summary 519 Exercise 520 Chapter 18. Networking 521Creating a TCP Client 523 Creating a TCP Server 529 Summary 534 Exercise 534 Chapter 19. Multithreading 537Creating a Threaded Server 539 Creating and Managing Secondary Threads 544 Implementing a Secondary Thread 552 Summary 557 Exercise 558 This Is Not Quite the End 559 Appendix A. Installing 561Appendix B. Selected PyQt Widgets 575Appendix C. Selected PyQt Class Hierarchies 581Index 585. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0132354187

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