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Publisher: Prentice Hall; F Second Printing Used edition (August 5, 2005)
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The Good:This is (currently) the only book on wxWidgets (formerly wxWindows). The book is packed with information. All of it relevant, all of it covering as much as they could cram into one book and not make it into a tome so heavy that you couldn't lift it. As a reference book it excels in that it does present everything you need in order to get up and running.The Bad:As a reference book - it is not as well laid out as many of the other reference books I've read and/or bought. Many of the standard methods to present data are not used. That is to say: In most reference books a section is well delineated whereas in this book the terms and explanations for those terms are not separated in such a way that it is obvious to the reader that they have stopped talking about one subject and begun another. For example:Page 121: Use Check to toggle a check or radio item on or off, passing the menu item identifier and a boolean value. Use IsChecked to get the checked status. Delete deletes a menu item specified by identifier or by wxMenuItem pointer....In other books the above would appear as:Check Used to toggle a check or radio item on or off, passing the menu item identifier and a boolean value. Example: ......IsChecked Used to get the checked status. Example: .......Delete This deletes a menu item specified by an identifier or by the wxMenuItem pointer....And so on...This isn't a big complaint but it does make the book hard to read sometimes. Especially when you have thirty or forty specialized words. You wind up hunting for where the words are that you need in order to do anything.
This book was co-authored by the creator of wxwidgets (Julian Smart). This raises the spector of a great deal of promise and peril. Promise because as the creator, he knows his creation better than most and so can lead you through the more arcane sidestreets, peril because as the creator he is too close to his creation and can assume his readers know his creation too well and thereby make many assumption, so explanation becomes about 'reminding' not exposition. He navigates these waters reaosnably well.The CD contains a great deal of useful software (but don't expect too much accessible guidance on how to use it with wxwidgets-> particularly the open source software-> minGW, open watcom, etc...which is very ironic! since we are using open source because it is open source and wxwidgets is open source...but there seems to be little attempt at really working say minGW studio and wxwidgets together, event though minGW studio was built with wxwdigets-> minGW studio even contains a option to make a wxwidgets projects ->but that doesn't work. Left hand and the right hand aren't working toegther too well so it seems...but I digress)However be aware that you may need to be familiar with the ins and out of you respective compiler to use wxwidgets. Compare this with C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3(isbn: 0131240722) and you'll notice an obvious difference. The QT book provides first up a walk through of how to compile not only their examples but your own. You are told how to set paths, how to build, etc. This book shows you how to compile their samples, but leaves you hanging with you own (perhaps we are supposed to modiy theirs??). They do talk about visual studios (old and .