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Please build your project with the classic RUN button to test the examples below. After creating a new app project, first replace the code in Main.
It only includes the main App window and a Page within NavigationStack to show a navigation bar that holds the page title:.
This is enough for our basic QML setup. After completing the wizard, your project contains the class definition myglobalobject.
To make the method available in QML, it is required to mark it as a public slot:. To complete our basic class, open myglobalobject. We keep it simple and only print the given text to the debug output.
You can decide on a name for the property, which is then globally available in your QML code. The above code example already includes a test-call to our doSomething method.
The debug output shows the initial method call from main. QML supports many amazing concepts like value-changed listeners of properties and property bindings, which make development a lot easier.
Implement the required methods and initialize the counter property in myglobalobject. So the data flow looks like this:. This simple change already allows us to add handler functions for the counterChanged signal in QML.
We can take care of that with an additional preprocessor macro:. This configuration is used by QML to work with the property. The following snippet adds a new button to increase the counter and a text item to display the value:.
Our property is usable like any other property in QML. Thanks to the counterChanged we prepared, the text even updates automatically every time we change the counter.
And the best thing is, the concepts with signals, slots and properties we used in the previous example still apply. When there can be multiple instances of your class, register it as a QML type and create the objects directly in QML where you need it.
QObject provides some very powerful capabilities like:. Widgets are able to respond to events and use parenting system and signals and slots mechanism.
All widgets inherit from QObject. The most basic widget is the QWidget. QWidget contains most properties that are used to describe a window, or a widget, like position and size, mouse cursor, tooltips, etc.
In the previous section, we displayed a button that is a widget, but it appears directly as a window. There is no need for a "QWindow" class.
This inheritance is done in order to facilitate properties management. Shared properties like size and cursors can be used on other graphical components, and QAbstractButton provides basic properties that are shared by all buttons.
Parenting system is a convenient way of dealing with objects in Qt, especially widgets. Any object that inherits from QObject can have a parent and children.
This hierarchy tree makes many things convenient:. You can also note that when the application is closed, button1 , which is allocated on the stack, is deallocated.
Since button2 has button1 as a parent, it is deleted also. You can even test this in Qt Creator in the analyze section, by searching for a memory leak — there won't be any.
There is clearly no benefit in putting a button inside a button, but based on this idea, we might want to put buttons inside a container, that does not display anything.
This container is simply the QWidget. Note that we create a fixed size widget that acts as a window using setFixedSize. This method has the following signature:.
Until now, we have put all of our code in the main function. This was not a problem for our simple examples, but for more and more complex applications we might want to split our code into different classes.
What is often done is to create a class that is used to display a window, and implement all the widgets that are contained in this window as attributes of this class.
You can see that Qt Creator automatically generates a class template. Notice that there are some new elements in the header:.
All these elements will be explained in the next chapter, and none of them are needed now. Implementing the window is done in the constructor.
We can declare the size of the window, as well as the widgets that this window contains and their positions. For example, implementing the previous window that contains a button can be done in this way:.
Nearly all UI toolkits have a mechanism to detect a user action, and respond to this action. Some of them use callbacks , others use listeners , but basically, all of them are inspired by the observer pattern.
Observer pattern is used when an observable object wants to notify other observers objects about a state change.
Here are some concrete examples:. Observer pattern is used everywhere in GUI applications, and often leads to some boilerplate code.
Qt was created with the idea of removing this boilerplate code and providing a nice and clean syntax, and the signal and slots mechanism is the answer.
Instead of having observable objects and observers, and registering them, Qt provides two high level concepts: Here are some examples of signals and slots from our well known QPushButton class.
As you can see, their names are quite explicit. These signals are sent when the user clicked pressed then released , pressed or released the button.
In order to respond to a signal, a slot must be connected to a signal. Qt provides the method QObject:: If you want to get some information about what these macros do, please read the last section of this chapter.
Basically, signals and slots are methods, that might or might not have arguments, but that never return anything. While the notion of a signal as a method is unusual, a slot is actually a real method, and can be called as usual in other methods, or whilst responding to a signal.
The signals and slots mechanism is useful to respond to buttons clicks, but it can do much more than that. For example, It can also be used to communicate information.
Let's say while playing a song, a progress bar is needed to show how much time remains before the song is over.
A media player might have a class that is used to check the progress of the media. An instance of this class might periodically send a tick signal, with the progress value.
This signal can be connected to a QProgressBar , that can be used to display the progress. The hypothetical class used to check the progress might have a signal that have this signature:.
You can see that the signal and the slot have the same kind of parameters, especially the type. If you connect a signal to a slot that does not share the same kind of parameters, when the connection is done at run-time you will get a warning like:.
This is because the signal transmits the information to the slot using the parameters. The first parameter of the signal is passed to the first one of the slot, and the same for second, third, and so forth.
You may also provide the name of the variable if you want. It is actually even better. Remember our button app?
Let's try to actually make something with this app, like being able to close it while clicking on the button.
We already know that QPushButton provides the clicked signal. We also have to know that QApplication provides the quit slot, that closes the application.
In order to make a click on a button close the app, we have to connect the signal clicked of the button to the quit slot of QApplication instance.
We can modify the code from the previous chapter to do this, but before that, you might wonder how to access to the QApplication instance while you are in another class.
Actually, it is pretty simple, since there exists a static function in QApplication , with the following signature, that is used to get it:.
Here is a simpler example for information transmission. It only displays a progress bar and a slider created by QSlider inside a window, and while the slider is moved, the value of the progress bar is synced with a very simple connection.
QSlider automatically emits the signal valueChanged with the new value passed as a parameter when the value is changed, and the method setValue of QProgressBar, is used, as we have seen, to set the value of the progress bar.
This section can be skipped for now if you only want to program with Qt. If you want to know how Qt works, it is better to read this.
Qt provides a meta-object system. To use such meta-object capabilities in an application, one can subclass QObject and mark it so that the meta-object compiler moc can interpret and translate it.