Microsoft buys Nokia

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by Malcolm McLean, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Microsoft has just bought mobile phone company Nokia.

    This wouldn't be of any particular interest to the comp.lang.c community,
    except that Nokia is the driving force behind Qt, which was emerging as the
    standard free cross-platform windowing system. However Nokia had cut new Qt
    development to a bare minimum, understandably, as it tried to cut costs to
    respond to its fall in market share.
    Qt has a sort of C++ interface. Code that calls Qt is written in a language
    that is almost C++, but has a "slot and signal" mechanism that isn't implemented
    in C++, but by a front end. So the code needs to be run through the Qt
    front end first. Whilst the Linux Qt code was open source, the Windows version
    was closed source.
    It remains to be seen what Microsoft will do with Qt. They can't kill the
    Linux version, because its open source any any third party could choose to
    develop it. But they can kill it for Windows, which would drastically reduce
    the attractiveness of the Qt route. It must be worrying for anyone who has
    a big base of Qt code.

    My conclusion is that you're better of sticking with simple solutions,
    using pure C interfaces without any sort of front end or development.
    Malcolm McLean, Sep 3, 2013
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    Noob, Sep 3, 2013
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    That's incorrect. Qt is available for all desktop platforms under
    a choice of the GPL, LGPL or a commercial licence.
    Nobody, Sep 3, 2013
  4. [snip]

    Qt is C++, not C.

    This is off-topic for comp.lang.c. It's probably not even
    particularly topical for comp.lang.c++, since it's not about the
    That's quite a stretch to justify something that's interesting *to you*
    as if it were somehow about C. (It happens to be of interest to me as
    well, but that's equally irrelevant.)
    Keith Thompson, Sep 3, 2013
  5. I'd say that "should I go for a C windowing API for my graphical user-
    interface or an alternative language?" is topical enough. Maybe not the
    core topic of the ng, but not too far.
    I had exactly this concern about Qt. That's a major reason I wrote Baby X.
    Malcolm McLean, Sep 3, 2013
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