[Qt] QT application without libQt4Pas

Den Jean Den.Jean at telenet.be
Tue Jun 28 22:13:56 CEST 2011

On Tuesday 28 June 2011 21:00:39 Krzysztof wrote:
> "It is being reported that it may be possible to link to Qt 4 directly,
> using some tricks. Many think it is not. This is yet to be tested. It is
> expected that any such binding will be compatible with the currently
> utilized one, so the interface code won´t have to be changed."
> Where can I find this tricks? Are plans to add this feature?

There are no such plans as it is useless. 

There is much more to a binding than only 
calling methods of a C++ class. 

A function available in the Qt C++ library like
is directly available under 
This mangled name is however C++ compiler dependant.

Some of the functionality of Qt C++ is available to the C++ programmer
via the header and not via the dll. Namely all inline code and template stuff.
These things cannot be solved by directly calling the C++ library
from Pascal. 

e.g You will not find the QWidget::width function in the Qt libtrary(dll)
as it is inlined.

qwidget.h extract:
inline int QWidget::width() const
{ return data->crect.width(); }

Furthermore this binding alleviates some of the problems of dealing with
C++ types by auto converting between pascal and C++.

binding source extract:
C_EXPORT void QWidget_setWindowTitle(QWidgetH handle, PWideString p1)
	QString t_p1;
	copyPWideStringToQString(p1, t_p1);
	((QWidget *)handle)->setWindowTitle(t_p1);

Here the Pascal programmer can provide a Pascal string type (WideString)
and the binding source code converts it to a QString C++ class.


Den Jean

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