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14 Excellent Free Books to Learn C++

7. C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3 by Jasmin Blanchette, Mark Summerfield

C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3
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The latest stable release of Qt is version 5.8. This book teaches the reader how to write GUI programs using Qt 3, the last version of Qt 3 was released in 2004. But there is a lot of the book which still makes sense for Qt 4 and Qt 5.

C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3 assumes the reader has a rudimentary understanding of C++; this isn’t a book intended for a beginner.

The book introduces the reader to all the concepts and practices to program GUI applications using Qt. Central topics are given a thorough treatment, and there is some specialized and advanced material.

This book is part of Bruce Perens’ Open Source Series. All books in this series are released under the Open Publication License, v1.0 or later.

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8. The Rook’s Guide to C++ by Jeremy Hansen

The Rook's Guide to C++Chapters cover variables, literals and constants, output, input, data types and conversion, conditionals (if, else and else if, switch statements), strings, loops, arrays, blocks, functions and scope. Later chapters examine problem solving and troubleshooting, the preprocessor, advanced arithmetic, file I/O, pointers, dynamic data, classes and abstraction, separation compilation and STL.

Most of the book was written during a hackathon weekend by 25 Norwich University students. Certainly not flawless, but a good general text. It is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The book is also available in print from Amazon.

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9. Cross-Platform GUI Programming with wxWidgets by Julian Smart and Kevin Hock with Stefan Csomor

Cross-Platform GUI Programming with wxWidgetswxWidgets is a popular C++ library that lets developers create applications for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other platforms with a single code base.

It supports a wide range of graphical libraries.

There’s a fair number of applications that use wxWidgets – a list is maintained here.

Following a brief introduction and getting started, the book’s chapters cover:

  • Event handling.
  • Window basics.
  • Drawing and painting.
  • Handing input.
  • Window layout using sizers.
  • Using standard dialogs.
  • Creating custom dialogs.
  • Programming with images.
  • Clipboard and drag and drop.
  • Advanced window classes.
  • Data structure classes.
  • Files and streams.
  • Memory management, debugging and error checking.
  • Writing international applications.
  • Writing multithreaded applications.
  • Programming with wxSocket.
  • Working with documents and views.
  • Perfecting your application.

This book is part of Bruce Perens’ Open Source Series. All books in this series are released under the Open Publication License, v1.0 or later.

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Page 1 – The Boost C++ Libraries and more books
Page 2 – An Introduction to GCC and more books
Page 3 – C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3 and more books
Page 4 – Tips and Tricks of the C++ Professionals and more books
Page 5 – How to make an Operating System and more books


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