[PySide] PySide Is Dead?

Stephan Deibel sdeibel at wingware.com
Mon Feb 9 17:06:58 CET 2015

Robert Vinluan wrote:
> Thanks for the reply.  I've been using PySide/Qt4 for a bit now and 
> it's working great!
> But I'm also interested to know about future development -- is it just 
> stalled or is it completely off the table?  And why?
> Plus I'm also interested to know about the PySide community.  Is there 
> still enough support or is everyone already moving on to something 
> else, i.e. PyQt?  I know that's a tough question to answer but wanted 
> to get some thoughts on this.

I think that current users are on Qt4 and don't have immediate plans to 
move to Qt5 so that work isn't being done.  It'll happen when someone 
gets to that point.

The same is true about replacing Shiboken or otherwise partly rewriting 
PySide, which in the long term probably is needed to make it more 
maintainable.  It works well enough for people, so the motivation hasn't 
been high enough for someone to take that on.

Most of the more serious and heavily invested current users of PySide 
are there because of licensing issues in PyQt and thus can't just move 
over to PyQt.  The key issue is that if someone sells a product with a 
scripting API then PyQt requires paying a per-user licensing fee.  Not a 
large one, but it's still a problem for some, for example if you're 
giving away a lot of free licenses on the side, or just want to avoid 
this sort of entanglement.  I doubt that is going away, but if it does 
than so may PySide.

- Stephan

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