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O'Reilly Network: An Intro to Qt 3.0

Nov 28, 2001, 11:01 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Rainer Goebel, general manager of medical imaging specialists Brain Innovation of Maastricht, summarizes his company's view: "We ended up choosing Qt due to its consistent object-oriented approach, combined with its elegant signal-slot mechanism. The knowledge that Qt was used to develop KDE, one of the two major modern Linux/Unix desktops, also helped in the decision process. Finally, no other approach achieved the same speed of the executable combined with a native look-and-feel as Qt for all considered platforms. ... The port to the Mac platform was possible within a single day."

Many Trolltech customers had been pleading for Qt for the Mac, and one of the major uncertainties about release 3.0 was the level of polish this implementation would exhibit. Official availability on October 15, 2001, the Mac version of Qt calmed many of these concerns. Qt/Mac has the Aqua look-and-feel, is fully carbonized, and, among other features, supports OpenGL.

It's more difficult to judge the success of another 3.0 innovation. Trolltech emphasizes the importance of portability to its customers. To simplify its implementation and maintenance chores, 3.0 begins to define a "framework" that extends beyond Qt's classic GUI widget set. This framework includes cross-platform abstractions of input/output functionality, database access, and several other common areas of computing. Use of the framework eases portability."

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