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Qt for Symbian

ISBN: 978-0-470-68273-9
208 pages
May 2010
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Build mobile applications for Nokia’s S60 phones using the hot Qt GUI tool

This vital primer—written by developers involved in the latest release of Qt—is a must for anyone wanting to learn this cutting-edge programming environment.

Qt is a multi-platform, C++ GUI toolkit that allows you to develop applications and user interfaces once, then deploy them across many desktop and embedded operating systems, without rewriting the source code. Now being applied to the S60 platform (Nokia's new, uniform UI), Qt promises to save development resources, cut costs, and get you to market faster. This unique guide helps you master this exciting tool with step-by-step instruction from some of the best developers in the S60 field.  Find easy-to-access tips, techniques, examples, and much more.

  • Walks you through installation of the Qt developer platform and SDK
  • Explains the basic Qt environment and how it can save you development time
  • Delves into the extension of Qt for the S60, including communication and sensors
  • Provides plenty of examples to help you quickly grasp concepts

Help revolutionize the S60 mobile market and stay ahead of the crowd with your own state-of-the-art applications, developed with Qt and the detailed information in this unique guide.

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Contributors.

Foreword.

Preface.

Abbreviations.

Acknowledgments.

Publisher's Acknowledgments.

About the Editors.

1 Introduction and Motivation (Frank H.P. Fitzek, Tony Torp and Tommi Mikkonen).

1.1 The Importance of Mobile Developers.

1.2 Symbian OS.

1.3 Qt.

Bibliography.

2 Getting Started (Morten V. Pedersen, Janus Heide, Frank H.P. Fitzek and Tony Torp).

2.1 Installing the Development Environment.

2.2 Using Carbide.c++ with Qt for Symbian.

2.3 Summary.

3 Qt in General (Andreas Jakl).

3.1 Hello World.

3.2 Basics.

3.3 Signals and Slots.

3.4 Qt Object Model.

3.5 User Interface.

3.6 System.

3.7 Communication.

Bibliography.

4 Qt Mobility APIs (Tommi Mikkonen, Tony Torp and Frank H.P. Fitzek).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Bearer Management.

4.3 Contacts.

4.4 The Contacts API.

4.5 Location.

4.6 Messaging.

4.7 Multimedia.

4.8 Publish and Subscribe.

4.9 Service Framework.

4.10 System Information.

4.11 Summary.

Bibliography.

5 Qt-Like Mobile Extensions (Tony Torp and Frank H.P. Fitzek).

5.1 Utilizing Platform Features beyond Qt APIs.

5.2 How to Use the Mobile Extensions in Your Project.

5.3 Alarms.

5.4 Calendar.

5.5 Camera.

5.6 Installer.

5.7 Landmarks.

5.8 Profile.

5.9 Sensors.

5.10 Telephony.

5.11 Utils.

5.12 Vibra.

6 Qt Apps and Native Symbian Extensions (Angelo Perkusich, Kyller Costa Gorgônio and Hyggo Oliveira de Almeida).

6.1 Data Types and Symbian OS Class Naming Conventions.

6.2 Memory Management.

6.3 Executable Files.

6.4 Platform Security.

6.5 Active Objects.

6.6 Error Handling.

6.7 Threads.

6.8 Qt for Symbian.

6.9 Summary.

Bibliography.

7 Qt for Symbian Examples (Bertalan Forstner, András Berke, Imre Kelényi, Morten V. Pedersen and Hassan Charaf).

7.1 Mobility API Examples.

7.2 Qt for Symbian and Mobile Extension Examples.

Index.

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Frank H.P. Fitzek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Systems, University of Aalborg, Denmark, heading the Mobile Device group. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He co-founded the start-up company acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005, he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2008, he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile communication networks, mobile phone programming, cross layer as well as energy-efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.

Tommi Mikkonen is a professor at Department of Software Systems at Tampere University of Technology. He has held several different positions in academia and industry, and at present his research interests include mobile devices programming, web development and agile approaches to software engineering. He is a well-known author and he has pioneered mobile devices programming in universities in Finland.

Tony Torp is a senior lecturer of software engineering at Tampere University of Applied Sciences where he is heading mobile systems education and running the smartphone lab of the University. He has a strong software development background in the industry since the very first Symbian based smartphone projects in Nokia. During the past decade he has shared his knowledge among several Universities, companies and developer communities worldwide. Being one of the top developers in the field, he received the Nokia Champion Award in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He is also running a company offering training and consultancy services for mobile developers.

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