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KDE.org: Java Mania: An Interview With Richard Dale

Feb 27, 2001, 23:29 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Moore)

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"One of the most fascinating aspects of KDE is the speed with which new developments occur after each release. KDE 2.1 came out yesterday, and was celebrated in the traditional manner by adding lots of new features to the KDE development tree in CVS. For me, one of the most exciting things to arrive was a very large commit to the kdebindings module (used for bindings between KDE's C++ code and other programing languages) which added bindings for the KDE and Qt libraries to the well known Java language. The author of the code, Richard Dale, has kindly agreed to answer some questions so that readers of the Dot can get up to speed with this new addition to KDE."

"1. What do QtJava and KDEJava actually do?"

"They wrap most of the classes in Qt and KDE so that they can be used to write Java programs, which look and behave identically to a C++ version. The Qt date, time, string and list classes are replaced with their Java equivalents."

"2. What would you say are the best features of the binding?"

"It uses KDOC as the parser engine, so it has access to the documentation comments of the KDE methods. It translates these comments into Javadoc format, and has a go at translating the code snippets into 'cod java' - ie C++ with those funny symbols like '&', '*', '::' (that you never quite mastered ;-) ) replaced with java style '.'s."

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