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Random Notes on the wxQT port.

Posted 03-11-2018 at 10:48 PM by Mill J
Updated 03-11-2018 at 10:50 PM by Mill J

Hello everybody

I recently decided to check out the wxQT port of wxWidgets. I was hoping for a bridge into the great unknown of Android. While wxQT has been around for several years, the documentation is still very, very scarce.

I did get wxQT built for android but using it is another issue altogether. There is proof that wxQT runs on Android, here are some references:!to...ev/LUyC7Gn6aCE

wxQt Android Notes by Mariano Reingart also includes screenshots

As far as I could find, OpenCPN is currently the only Android app avalible that uses wxWidgets. Building instructions are HERE.

So I put Android on the back burner for now and decided to look at the plain wxQT for Linux. I was able to build it with no problems. I used QT 5.8 and wxWidgets 3.1.1 for my experiment. I was then able to build several wx samples and several of my own apps as well.

What wxQT is actually Like:

The wxQT port is amazingly complete as far as dialogs and widgets are concerned, however it is still pretty rough when it comes to actually using them.

Several things I Noticed in the little bit of time I spent: NOTE, these are without tweaking anything in the samples or wxWidgets 3.1.1 and these issues might be fixed already.
  • TextCtrl doesn't Clear(), therefore if you use Clear() and then Append("Some Text") things do get messy.
  • TextCtrl don't work to input text, without some tweaking aleast.
  • ListCtrl doesnt send unselect event.
  • For some reason No static text, this is a big limit.

A lot of things do work. Check out the wxQT port status.

I'm also keeping my eye on the wxQT port for HaikuOS. I seen somwhere they're even porting Audacity. Running wx on Haiku will likely be somthing I'll do before too long.

So why mess with wxQT instead of switching to QT? Some of my reasons:
  • I like the ability to select the gui toolkit for my app without reprogramming it.
  • QT is HUGE and bloated, and no matter what they say, it is just not Native like wx.
  • For a Small app that only needs to run on a minimal system, I can build wx with just plain x11, no need for gtk.

So I'm hoping wxQT takes off.
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