Linked by vivainio on Thu 14th Oct 2010 11:31 UTC
KDE In his lengthy and interesting blog post covering the future of Plasma, KDE's Aaron Seigo proposes Qt Quick and QML (a declarative language that embeds JavaScript) as replacement of the Graphics View architecture currently used by Plasma. This holds a promise of massive speedups and cheap effects as all paint operations become candidates for OpenGL acceleration, contrary to the aging Graphics View architecture that is still stuck with various inefficiencies caused by the underlying QPainter approach. Expressiveness and easy programmability of QML is a nice bonus, of course.
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by aseigo on Thu 14th Oct 2010 13:52 UTC in reply to "..."
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Indeed, but the resources taken for that migration are gonna be needed in other interesting and imho parts that needs to be priority that already has been delayed to mutch.

not everyone will be working on this (in fact, just a few will be, most likely). others will continue their work on things such as activities and what not.

what parts are you concerned about not getting the necessary attention?

I don't forget that QML is the "me too" answer to Adobe Air, Java FX and MS WPF, and all those three technologies stayed just on the hype, I don't think QML will be different, anyway, the best of luck.

it's really not so much an answer to Air, WPF, etc. as it is a similar kind of solution to an increasingly common problem. one very major difference with QML is that it isn't a platform that is being created with the hopes of luring app develpers to, it's a new tool being added to a framework app developers are already using.

as a result application developers are already using QML (Kontact Mobile and Plasma Mobile to name two from KDE; i'm aware of others, but will let them announce for themselves ;) . it's also being used by platform developers such as MeeGo. this essentially prevents it from becoming "hype only" since it already has an audience which is already starting to use it. it's a significant difference.

regardless of whether QML takes over the world or not, it is starting to give us already using Qt some much needed tools that we've been missing. and that's enough for me ;)

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 14th Oct 2010 15:11 in reply to "RE: ..."
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Java FX, Adobe Air and WPF are also used by people, just not most people who still work with the legacy methods offered by those companies: Java, Flash, and Win32/Winforms. it wouldn't be surprising if QML is similarly underused by QT developers.

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by tsuraan on Sun 17th Oct 2010 01:37 in reply to "RE: ..."
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what parts are you concerned about not getting the necessary attention?

This is a bit of a late post, and I'm not the person you were replying to, but the state of kdepim does concern me. I haven't heard any updates from them on planet kde, their website ( hasn't been updated since February 2008, and Gentoo is still blocking KDE 4.5 until there is a 4.5 pim release. What's going on there, anyhow?

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