[Qt-creator] Proposals for Updating the Qt Creator Coding Style

Daniel Teske daniel.teske at digia.com
Wed Oct 1 16:21:37 CEST 2014


since current master allows for using qt5 only features in Creator's source 
code, I propose the following (independent) changes/additions to our coding 

** Qt5 connects vs Qt4 connects

- Prefer to use qt5 style connects with member function pointers to the qt4 
style of using SIGNAL and SLOT macros. 

- Avoid overloading signals or slots
- Avoid calling connect via "object->connect()"
- Be careful with lambda slots

 The qt5 connects are type checked at compile time, which eliminates a huge
 error source. Also the code model can understand them better than the SIGNAL
 and SLOT macros.

** Qt Logging Framework
- This is the preferred solution for logging in Creator.

Reasons: This allows for one way to disable/enable logging for all of Creator.

** QRegularExpression
- Prefer to use QRegularExpression to QRegExp, except if you need QRegExp's
  features, e.g. wildcard matching.
- If the code is performance critical measure which regular expression engine
  is faster.

QRegularExpression has a better api and a more commonly used pattern syntax. 
In general performance should be better, but if it matters, you need to 

** QStringLiteral
- Prefer to use instead of QString::fromLatin1()
- QLatin1String is still fine to use, if you don't need a QString

There's no huge difference to using QStringLiteral or not.


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