Resolution Independence: from Trolltech, plus 64 bit QT Cocoa.

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in macOS edited January 2014
http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2007/10/qt-roadmap.html



Qt roadmap



Matthias Ettrich is up now doing the Qt platform directions talk, speaking about where Qt is goingin 4.4 and 4.5. He covered:
  • WebKit: merging web technologies and desktop applications. Things like accessing signals/slots from javascript or moving things around in the DOM from C++

  • Mobile: mobile

  • Enhanced XML support: xml streams (in 4.3 actually) and they are looking at a better xml tree implementation; XQuery/XPath are coming

  • IPC: shared memory and locks, file mapping and local sockets ... all crossplatform

  • Concurrency framework: multithreaded apps with mutexes and wait conditions in your app code

  • Multimedia: audio and video playback. Yes, this is Phonon. =) QuickTime, DirectX and GStreamer backends are all coming.

  • Help system: WebKit for rendering, componentized (viewer, index, contents, full text search)

  • Fully resolution independent user interfaces (and then we can use this in Plasma instead of our own set of widgets)

  • Qt for Cocoa: 64-bit Mac version based on the Cocoa API*

  • QPlainTextEdit

  • Next generation of Itemviews to make them rock a lot more, though just how was light on details; apparently this is an ongoing field of research right now for the Trolls

  • More Qt Jambi, following the Qt release cycle

My bet is that Trolltech will put RI in Qt 4.5 and not 4.4. I'm bettin' on 12 months away.



OS X should have RI in a mature state before hand.



* Great news for Cocoa and Qt fans, though I don't expect to see KDE being Cocoa anytime soon.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    http://trolltech.com/products/qt/licenses/pricing



    Looking at TrollTech's pricing model, I don't find QT appealing. What is the point of "thick"client cross platform applications when you can plug in a web server and develop AJAX based clients for business needs?
  • Reply 2 of 2
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,242member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by talksense101 View Post


    http://trolltech.com/products/qt/licenses/pricing



    Looking at TrollTech's pricing model, I don't find QT appealing. What is the point of "thick"client cross platform applications when you can plug in a web server and develop AJAX based clients for business needs?



    What's the point of using a Web Browser (a thick client) + a thin-client Ajax App layer to use client/server applications when a native version is available for your platform, due to cross-platform tools?



    Example: Pro/Engineer.



    Be my guest to use an AJAX Web Services app competing with Pro/E, if it exists. I'll use Pro/E ported for my specific platform.



    The argument people use for AJAX is that everyone already has a Browser running.



    If people really think the Client/Server Model has been circumvented by this pseudo-thin client/server model they really have been sold a bag of goods.
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