[Qt-creator] Why QtC does not use QDockWidget for most tool-panel

Ariel Molina ariel at edis.mx
Thu Apr 7 01:31:05 CEST 2016

I use multimonitor, and the single thing i miss most is to have code&design
at the same time in QtQuick, or a smarter document editor so to avoid
having the same file open in several windows, which misses the point of
having multiple code windows.


On Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 4:56 PM, Prav <pr12og2 at programist.ru> wrote:

> Hi, Tobias.
> >> Can  QtC move all its panel to use QDockWidget or there are some isues
> with this?
> >We could have used dock widgets before. We did not want to as we see
> little sense in allowing users to shuffle around widgets.
> Well ... why you see no sense? How to work with one-window app in
> multydisplay workplace. This definitely limits the developer.
> > Currently there is no way to use QtC better if you have multiple
> monitors.
> >That did improve somewhat in the last couple of versions. At least you
> can detach editor windows now.
> In 4.0.0 rc1 snapshot April 6 I did not get how to detach editor. Could
> you explain which version and how?
> >> Moreover things which were attahed to the left can not be ataged to the
> right. Which is so annoying ...
> >Why should it matter which side of the screen something is displayed?
> It would allow me to see different panel to the left and to the right of
> the code ... this is actually why DockWidget exist ... to
> allow people make their workplace the way they feel comfortable.
> >> because having only one colum is totally not enogth to see content of
> >> "Outline", "Open Docs" and "Prohect" pannels which needs all the time.
> >There are keyboard shortcuts to switch between those views, so at least
> you can switch between them all without having to fiddle with the mouse.
> Better to see everything without pressing anything.
> >There are lots of really fast and convenient ways to get around your code
> and I do personally not consider the sidebar widgets as fast nor convenient
> and hardly ever use them.
> You mean they have something to improve or independent of implementation
> this is something not usefull as an idea?
> >I prefer the locator for the navigation tasks other people use the
> sidebar widgets for. In my opinion the locator is easily the best feature
> in creator!
> >Just hit Ctrl-k to focus the locator. Then type ". <symbol>" (where
> symbol is any method, function, variable, ...). This takes you straight to
> its definition in the current file.
> >Enter "<filename>" into the locator to jump straight to that file
> (independent of whether it is open or not).
> Ok ... you made me to force myself to use this.
> > There is a lot more the locator can do for you: Open a web page, view
> help, jump to classes and methods, ... .
> So for example "c qtv" should give me QTableView as one of options. But it
> did not !?
> Why ... if this is already implemented in editor ... why here in locator
> ... which is exactly for searching ... this fast-type is absent!
> >Ctrl-Tab also lets you navigate your open files... (Or was that Alt-Tab
> or Shift-Tab?).
> Ctrl-Tab. I use it a lot. But in "Open docs" panel files are sorted
> alphbetically so sometimers it is easier to find them there (I agree that
> I need to test locator for this purpose also ... and I will).
> Another help of using QDockWidget could be simultaneously edit code and
> edit widget-base-UI ... for ex. at second monitor I put
> my UI editing panel-widget and on the main monitor code editor. Would not
> it be nice ?!
> Because all current switches from UI to code and to UI back and to code
> again are so on ... let's say ... frustrating.
> Visual Studio 4.0 had no or limited docing functionality. Now look at
> current Visual Studio. EVERYTHING is dock-windows.
> You can layout everything with whatever way you want. You can dock
> Everythin to everything.
> May be history of VS evolution can bring us to the idea that it is better
> to allow people layout things ... independent to how often QtC developers
> themselves need this fature. Because QtC devs could never ever had the
> situation like user.
> For example I expect that in Qt Company devs does not practice
> multi-monitor workstations so using dock-widgets never seemed important.
> In most cases I agree that opinion of QtC devs is important ... but "color
> and taste" must be treated differently I think. I mean always prefer to
> allow user do things way he prefers.
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