Developing Cross Platform Application using Qt, PyQt and PySide : GUI Application Development - Part 5 of 5

Our Pythonthusiast Qt Widgets Application running in OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion

This part of the series is probably the essence (and the lengthiest!) of all articles in this series: doing GUI development using Qt. Although Qt develop itself as a full stack application framework, the association of Qt is always about GUI development. That's not entirely correct, as you can completely drop GUI part of the framework, and go only with the console. But, indeed the strongest part of Qt is mainly about GUI development : starting from desktop GUI using QtGui and now targeting mobile GUI using QtQuick. In this Qt article series, we still talk about desktop GUI development using QtGui modules. Although QtQuick future may cross QtGui area by maturing itself as another option to develop desktop GUI application, but QtGui will always be there as part of Qt framework.

To add a more interesting twist on this series, we will develop all of our applications in Apple OSX operating system (still using Mountain Lion 10.8.4 though, haven't upgrade it to Mavericks). Comparing it with the official Python/PyQt/PySide distribution for Windows, if done incorrectly, preparing a working environment of all them in OSX is a lot harder. But we will have a look on how it's done correctly : with the least effort as possible.

So, what are we waiting for? Lets start our first journey toward QtGui application development!



Developing Cross Platform Application using Qt, PyQt and PySide : Database Support - Part 4 of 5

Successful PyUnit testing of login feature from within PyCharm IDE

Successful PyUnit testing of login feature from within PyCharm IDE

Let me be honest about one thing : I don't have any draft outline for contents written in this blog. All of these articles were written in the spirit of improvisation and freedom to think/write/speech. For example, although I have been one of Qt fans since it was still owned by Trolltech, I have not the slightest idea that there will be a Qt series here. Even though I knew that Qt is supported in Python through PyQt, I am not that curious to start writing articles about it here. Only after I wrote this article, which lead me to Kivy that I began to experience something thrilling : doing Android development using pure Python! While I work on Kivy though, I also explore were there any alternatives to Android development using Python? Or in general, "Can we develop Android application without the use of Java?". The answer to this question bring me to (amongst other things) : Qt in Android. In which in Qt Project website itself, Python is listed as the most prominence third party programming language binding having Qt support! That was such a great news... Hence, our Qt series articles was born..

Another example is an answer around this question, "In this Qt series, what is the application that we are going to build?". Plain answer? No idea. Well, not that completely blind for sure. I just know that it must be a data aware application. And in the process of its development, it must be prefaced with a practical introduction to Test Driven Development(TDD). Combining both requirements, bring us to this current article : database support in either C++ Qt or PySide/PyQt. To keep things interesting, in this article we will officially use two IDEs : QtCreator for cross platform C++ Qt development and PyCharm for its Python counterpart.

Now that I have your attention ladies and gentlemen, lets drill on this cool talk about database support in Qt using either C++ or Python! Enjoy your time and .. happy reading! Laughing


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