[Interest] Qt Quick 1 deprecated but no native styles for Qt Quick 2?

Dimitar Dobrev dpldobrev at protonmail.com
Fri Dec 7 10:01:35 CET 2018

This e-mail is a better version of [the comments I've left](https://blog.qt.io/blog/2018/12/06/qt-5-12-lts-released/).

[The release notes for Qt 5.12](https://wiki.qt.io/New_Features_in_Qt_5.12) worry me quite a little. They say that Qt Quick 1 is deprecated. There's a single but key reason this is extremely bad news. And this reason is the lack of native styles in Qt Quick 2. This alone renders Qt Quick 2 useless for building decent desktop applications. This in turn means our only option remains Qt Widgets - a piece of technology which is like a horse carriage. Good for its time but useless in the era of automobiles. The very notion of suggesting that for desktop development in 2018 we would be deprived of a simple declarative language for GUI, a flexible scripting language to match, GPU-based optimizations and all other wonderful features Qt Quick has to offer - is ridiculous at best. If it's true that Qt Quick 1 is deprecated and Qt Quick 2 won't get native styles any time soon, this simply means Qt has severely regressed in its offerings to developers.

In addition, I have tracked Qt Quick from its very beginning in 2010 and I clearly remember you, the Qt developers, advertised Qt Quick as the new generation of tools and technologies for building graphical user interfaces. You said Qt Widgets was not (yet) deprecated but fully finished and would receive few new features and basic optimizations. I hope you will spare me effort of quotations in support of that above because I think such actions would be rather ugly. You know what I'm talking about. I see this as an additional problem to the one described in my first paragraph. You have made a promise and repeated that promise for years. If Qt Quick 1 is no more and so are native styles, there's unfortunately one conclusion - that you have reneged on this promise.

I am asking of the entire community of developers and management of Qt - please prove me wrong. Please assure me I'm overreacting. Please tell me Qt Quick 2 is going to get native styles so that we have the outstanding Qt Quick 2 for the desktop again.

Best regards,

Dimitar Dobrev
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