C++ is an old language. Many aspects of our programming styles have become habits that we do not think about too much today. In this blog, I’m going to address one major issue that has resulted from such habits and get you prepared for a new bright world of C++2b. So without further ado, let’s […]
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KDDockWidgets 1.7.0 Released
We are happy to announce the release of KDDockWidgets version 1.7.0! What is KDDockWidgets? KDDockWidgets is a development framework for custom-tailored docking systems in Qt, to use when you need advanced docking that is not supported by QDockWidgets. It was created by Sérgio Martins as a time-saving alternative to QDockWidgets. The ease-of-use of KDDockWidgets can save […]
Shader Variants Explosions of the Combinatorial Kind
If you have bought an AAA game in recent years and wondered what it is doing when it says it is compiling shaders for a long time (up to an hour or more), then this blog will explain it a little.
Qt Desktop Days 2023 A free online event hosted by KDAB
We want Qt Desktop Days to provide concrete, applicable insights that relate to desktop software development mainly – but not exclusively – with Qt, because we know there’s a lot of it out there.
Pimpl for Small Classes
The familiar solution for thick value classes that want to preserve binary compatibility is to use the pimpl pattern (private implementation), also known as d-pointer (pointer to data). In future versions of our class, we can freely change the contents of the pimpl (i.e. adding, removing, and/or modifying data members) but the binary compatibility of […]
CXX-Qt 0.5 Released
We just released CXX-Qt version 0.5! CXX-Qt is a set of Rust crates for creating bidirectional Rust ⇄ C++ bindings with Qt. It can be used to integrate Rust into C++ applications using CMake or build Rust applications with Cargo. CXX-Qt provides tools for implementing QObject subclasses in Rust that can be used from C++, […]
Qt 6 Debugging in Visual Studio and VS Code Show More Qt Value Types in the Debugger
Not all Qt developers are using Qt Creator as their main IDE for development. Some of us are using other IDEs, like Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code or CLion, per choice or because a project requires it. On Windows, with the MSVC compiler, the debugging experience with Qt 6 can be quite frustrating for some […]
Floating-point math is hard, and compilers will exploit every language loophole to make our FP calculations go faster, sometimes with surprising results.
QObjects, Ownership, propagate_const and C++ Evolution Const Correctness in Qt Applications
A very common implementation pattern for QObject subclasses is to declare its child QObjects as data members of type “pointer to child.” Raise your hand No, keep your hand on your computer input device 🙂 Nod if you have ever seen code like this (and maybe even written code like this yourself): A fairly common […]
KDAB at Embedded World 2023 March 14 - 16, Nürnberg, Germany
We had a great show this year at our booth 4-302 at Embedded World 2023, where we showcased outstanding performance on cost-effective hardware featuring Qt, C++, Slint, Rust, and Flutter. We know how complex and demanding software development for embedded devices can be. Our experts had you covered with your questions around choosing a framework, […]