[Interest] CLion to replace QtCreator?

Curtis Mitch mitch.curtis at theqtcompany.com
Tue Apr 5 12:49:40 CEST 2016

> I’m sorry to say this but QtCreator is actually eons behind the current IDE trends and technology :(

> people are practically begging jetbrains to save themselves from QtCreator (no offense intended but this is the case for many people)

> And I think Qt Company should just get rid of the denial of the world start to see beyond horizon and do something, revolutionize QtCreator or just do something like Google did for android studio and embrace/deal with jetbrains ide and fork a CLion custimized for Qt development. I dont see any other way :(

Hahaaa! I especially like the “I don’t see any other way” part. Fantastic. Also, very, very cringe-worthy. Telling a company it’s in denial because it doesn’t fork your favourite IDE is... ridiculous. It sounds like you haven’t actually attempted to properly use Qt Creator (e.g. by saying that Locator “only searches for filenames”), and don’t intend on putting in any work yourself, even though it’s an open source project.

From: Interest [mailto:interest-bounces+mitch.curtis=theqtcompany.com at qt-project.org] On Behalf Of Emre Besirik
Sent: Monday, 4 April 2016 4:22 PM
To: Jean-Michaël Celerier <jeanmichael.celerier at gmail.com>
Cc: interest at qt-project.org
Subject: Re: [Interest] CLion to replace QtCreator?

On 04 Apr 2016, at 16:55, Jean-Michaël Celerier <jeanmichael.celerier at gmail.com<mailto:jeanmichael.celerier at gmail.com>> wrote:

Class implementations

As somebody wrote already, this refactoring already exists.
While debugging the values of variables are displayed inside the text editor, in light gray

You can hover the variables and see the current value.
Some signals are hard to find, for example the "click()" signal from QButton comes from QAbstractButton.

See http://s1.webmshare.com/JrdbJ.webm
Search! (like spotlight search with just one shortcut key to open file or go to a particular location in your code):

You mean like when you press ctrl-k in QtCreator which allows you to go to any class, file, method, or such just by typing its first few letters ?

it only searches for filenames, thats not what I meant only, if you could checkout any jetbrains product, you’ll see the huge difference.

You only offer mostly workarounds which are not the same. debugging values for instance; yes we can also see the values in the debug windows if we’d like to but its not the same, when it is shown inline you just need to look no other action required. QtCreator is not user friendly, its not designed in a user centric way. you always have to do ~3x more action to do the same things in QtCreator compared to modern IDEs.
A good IDE (I think) should avoid to make its users have to take their hand off the keyboard to reach the mouse or touchpad as much as possible, to do this you should have a perfect keybord shortcut system, which also should avoid to make its users to have multiple keystrokes (double esc and then something more etc.)
Jetbrains products are really engineered very well on their UI/UX part, if we can not have/afford an experienced UI/UX team of professionals then at least we should inspect what they (jetbrains and/or others) have done and learn from them then apply to QtCreator maybe?

Emre Beşirik
nomercy at gmail.com<mailto:nomercy at gmail.com>

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