PySide6 Book 5th Edition, Updated 2024

“Learn the right way to create GUI applications with Python”


5th Edition, May 2024

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  • 750+ page ebook of hands-on PySide6 exercises
  • 280+ code examples to experiment with
  • Compatible with Python 3.6+
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Martin Fitzpatrick is a Python programmer, author and tutor. He's been developing Python/Qt apps for 10 years. Starting out building desktop applications to make data-analysis tools more user-friendly, Python was the obvious choice. Starting with Tk, later moving to wxWidgets and finally adopting PyQt & PySide.

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Basic concepts and first steps

Starting from the very basics of creating a desktop window this modern PySide6 book takes you on a tour of the key features of PySide6 you can use to build real-life applications.

We'll look at the basic building blocks of PySide6 applications — Widgets, Layouts & Signals and learn how PySide6 uses the event loop to handle and respond to user input.

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Creating applications with Qt Designer

Designing UIs with Qt Designer

Build your user interfaces visually in the Qt Designer drag-and-drop editor. We'll take a quick tour of the designer and show how to load your created interface into Python.

Unleash your creativity

Think the default look of Qt is a bit drab? You can customize almost anything using Styles, Palettes and Qt Style Sheets. We'll take a tour through how you can use these to completely customize the look and feel of your applications.

PySide6 themes and styles

Build data-driven applications

Use PySide6's MVC-like interface to work efficiently with data, right in your applications. Use custom data stores and sync widgets automatically, allowing you to focus on the logic.

Use tabular views to display SQL databases and numpy or pandas datastructures. Use linked widgets for easy editing.

Create your own custom widgets

PySide6 provides a huge number of built-in widgets, but sometimes you need a little something extra. Starting with an introduction to bitmap graphics we'll build up to creating entirely custom-drawn widgets for your apps.

Creating custom PySide6 widgets
Multithreading & processes with PySide6

Efficient apps with threads and processes

Are your apps stuttering to a halt? Learn how to use threads & processes to keep long-running calculations, loading large files or connections to remote servers all running smoothly.

Capture output from threads and processes and keep your users informed with progress bars and thread managers.

Visualize data with interactive charts

Use matplotlib or PyQtGraph to display data within your app. Use threads to create live dashboards, pulling data from your calculations or remote services.

Unlock the data-analysis capabilities of Python from within your applications.

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Example PySide6 applications

Build real apps not just examples

Move beyond simple examples, learning how to use to create fully-functional applications.

The book guides you through creating a simple Web browser, Minesweeper game, Paint app and a Simple Todo reminder, using the features you've learned.

Package your apps for distribution

Once your app is ready, it's time to share it!

Discover how to package your applications for distribution on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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First published over 5 years ago Create GUI Applications has been regularly improved and extended following reader feedback. Now at over 750 pages, you benefit from the combined experience of thousands of readers.

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Table of Contents

  1. Basic PySide6 Features p6-190
    • My first Application
    • Signals & Slots
    • Widgets
    • Layouts
    • Actions, Toolbars & Menus
    • Dialogs
    • Windows
    • Events
  2. Qt Designer p191-225
    • Installing Qt Designer
    • Getting started with Qt Designer
    • The Qt Resource system
  3. Theming p226-301
    • Styles
    • Palettes
    • Icons
    • Qt Style Sheets (QSS)
  4. Model View Architecture p302-379
    • The Model View Architecture — Model View Controller
    • A simple Model View — a Todo List
    • Tabular data in ModelViews, with numpy & pandas
    • SQL databases with Qt models
  5. Custom Widgets p380-460
    • QPainter and Bitmap Graphics
    • Creating Custom Widgets
  6. Concurrent Execution p461-574
    • Introducing Threads & Processes
    • QRunnable and the QThreadPool
    • QRunnable Examples, Progress Bars & thread Managers
    • Running external commands with QProcess
  7. Plotting p575-614
    • PyQtGraph
    • Matplotlib
  8. Further Qt6 Features p615-666
    • Timers
    • Extending Signals
    • Working with Relative Paths
    • System tray & macOS menus
    • Enums & the Qt Namespace
    • Working with command-line arguments
  9. Packaging & Distribution p667-722
    • Packaging with PyInstaller
    • Creating a Windows Installer with Installforge
    • Creating a macOS Disk Image Installer
    • Creating a Linux Package with fpm
  10. Example applications p723-770
    • Web Browser
    • Minesweeper
  11. Appendices
    • Translating C++ to Python
    • PySide6 vs. PyQt6

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