Working on color imagery for QiTissue recently, I realized we were accidentally losing the alpha channel in multiple places. For efficiency reasons, we keep colors in memory using the QRgb type, and convert that to/from QString for serialization purposes via QColor as needed. Here’s what I discovered about why that doesn’t work, and some ways […]
Today’s complex applications can soak up megabytes, a memory management strategy is crucial for RAM intensive applications like image/video processing, massive databases, and machine learning.
At KDAB, we know that consistency is an important aspect of the User Experience – users don’t want to have to learn different ways to achieve the same thing. In the Linux world, there is a major structural pitfall to this: the applications written for Linux come in at least two major technologies – Qt […]
After more than a year of work, I’m pleased to release another version of heaptrack, the Linux memory profiler! The new version 1.1.0 comes with some new features, significant performance improvements and – most importantly – much improved stability and correctness. If you have tried version v1.0 in the past and encountered problems, update to […]
Linux perf is an immensely useful and powerful tool suite for profiling of C/C++ applications. I have used it extensively and successfully on various customer projects, both for desktop applications as well as automotive or industrial projects targeting low-end embedded Linux targets running on ARM hardware. The biggest problem with perf really is its usability, […]
Close to three months after the initial hotspot release, I’m happy to announce the release of version 1.1.0. Quick recap: Hotspot is a graphical frontend to the Linux perf profiler suite. It allows you to visually analyze perf.data files with the built-in Flame Graph and the Bottom-Up, Top-Down, or Caller-Callee data tables. It is a […]
After many months of work, I’m very pleased to finally announce KDAB’s latest R&D project to the public: hotspot – a GUI for the Linux perf profiler. I have used Linux perf a lot over the past years.
QZXing is a very useful library: It provides an easy to use Qt integration API around the barcode scanning library ZXing (zebras crossing). Because it is so easy to setup QZXing in a Qt application, we and most of our customers end up using it when they need to scan images for barcodes. There is, or rather […]
I’m extremely happy to finally announce the first stable release of heaptrack, the FOSS heap memory profiler for C/C++ Linux applications. You can download the source tarball from the KDE mirrors: https://download.kde.org/stable/heaptrack/1.0.0/src/ Heaptrack is a fast heap memory profiler that runs on Linux. It allows you to track all heap memory allocations at run-time. Afterwards, the accompanying GUI […]
Oh my, how time flies by! One month ago, I had the pleasure to travel to Bellevue, Washington, to attend CppCon 2015. It was a blast, and as a C++ developer, easily the best conference I ever attended. Below, I try to summarize my personal highlights of the talks I attended live. Note however that there were up […]