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OfB.biz: A Talk About Qt 3.3

Feb 17, 2004, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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Trolltech's Qt development toolkit is serious stuff. As the foundation of KDE on the GNU/Linux desktop as well as its usage as a popular environment (when matched with Trolltech's Qtopia) for PDA interfaces, not to mention great support for Mac OS X, it is hard to imagine any tool that offers a comparably serious cross platform solution. With the third major release of the Qt 3 series last Wednesday, Trolltech CEO Haavard Nord graciously took some time to talk with us about Qt and related topics.

"With 2003 ushering in the era of 64-bit desktop computing, it was certainly time for a 64-bit development platform, and Trolltech has filled that need. Qt 3.3 offers full 64-bit support on all supported platforms. So, yes, your application compiled with Qt 3.3 will be able to enjoy the benefits of 64-bit processors on not only AMD64 processors running Windows or GNU/Linux, but also the PowerPC G5 running Mac OS X or LinuxPPC (Yellow Dog is presently beta testing 64-bit G5 PPC support).

"Nord emphasized his enthusiasm for this functionality, 'we are very happy to support this,' he noted. That's nice, but is anyone already using it? The answer is yes, according to Nord. He then pointed out that an electronics firm that is a Trolltech customer is already using it for intensive engineering work on chip designs. Nord continued, 'They are dealing with layers and layers of data,' and thus are already really benefiting from 64-bit power..."

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