New to c++ some specific questions, gui, db, xml

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    Question New to c++ some specific questions, gui, db, xml

    Hi guys,
    I am new in c++ development and I just found this board.
    I started developing in c++ 2 days ago ... and it's quite fun and funny as well. The syntax and the basics are quite easy for me, because I am developing in PHP since 3 years, and as we know PHP is actually based on C. So thats not the big deal.

    I read the c / c++ made easy tutorials on your suggested site Cprogramming.com - Programming Tutorials: C++ Made Easy and C Made Easy and some german tutorials as well.

    But I want to get deep into c++ as fast as possible...the first challanges I would like to take are:

    storing data in a database and / or XML files
    GUI

    To the GUI subject: I was searching a little bit with google and co, but actually I could not find anything helpful for starting GUI development with c++. But I found the qt framework, which provides a lot in GUI and other options, such as database and xml.

    So therefor I have the questions, if you recommend starting with qt at this early point or do you know some specific things I should take a look at according to my written points (db, xml, gui)?
    Honestly I prefer having the knowledge how to do it plain first, and not using a framework, because I want to know what is actually happening in the background.

    I am afraid to say that, but I am also asking you if you could give me some suggestions / examples of "mini projects" I could start off with c++. I am quite idealess and I dont know anything appart from a calculator what i can do with CLI at the beginning of my c++ career : / What did you do first when you were starting c / c++? If you type me some tags I probably can figure out some things I could possibily develop.

    Anyway, I hope it was not to difficult to understand my crap english and I am looking forward to hearing some hopefully helpful answers from you.

    Take care and best regards,
    Bjoern

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    Qt is a good framework, but it actually uses a special preprocessor to extend the capabilities of C++ a little bit beyond what the language actually provides. On the other hand, there is no "easy" way to do GUI, DBs or XML in C++. So if you really want to dive into these things right away, Qt is as good a way as any other. You should just make sure you're clear on what part is C++ and what part is Qt. (Hint: anything to do with signals and slots is Qt.)
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    If you wanted to get quick experience with a simple DB, check out SQLite; most of the "bigs" have rather heinous (for a beginner) administrative and setup needs. SQLite is simply a file yet supports SQL (duh), transactions, etc.

    As for XML Google for something called TinyXML, it will get you into XML fast, is both C and C++ friendly...
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    Thanks for your answers, well then I give qt a try
    And maybe I will have a look at the mentioned things from jeffcobb

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    I just wanted to add: At the risk of re-inventing the wheel you could also write your own DB...it may not turn out as nice as the most established ones but I promise you will learn a lot in the process, particularly if you make it thread-safe.... ^__^
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