Find crappy Qt-includes

Written by  on February 18, 2020

Use this regular expression

to check for includes of the format

Test it here with regex101.com.

QDialogs receive NO close-event in case of closing via the ESC-key. Nice.

Written by  on February 7, 2020

At first this looked like a bug, but upon reading carefully the documentation and crawling the internet, I’ve noticed that this is
a) wanted behavior and b) I am not the first one stumbling over this issue.

So just override in the header the method for processing the QHideEvent:

And reimplement the base-class-call with the emission of a custom signal (or triggering custom functionality) for futher processing. Like:

Another way is to connect the QDialog’s finished-signal to your signal via DirectConnection. Less code than overriding.

qobjectdefs_impl.h:72:118: error: no type named ‘Car’ in ‘struct QtPrivate::List<>‘

Written by  on February 4, 2020

Bruh, wait, what?

After rebasing a bigger feature and solving all obvious conflicts, the new build threw an error like “no type names Car”. And I am currently not working in the automotive industry!
Issue was that a commit, on which was rebased, changed ‘old’ Qt4-signal-slot-syntax (with SIGNAL/SLOT keywords; the string-based connect) to the ‘new’ Qt5-version (typed and verifyable from the compiler). And one of the slots had a default parameter. This is not allowed, except you squish a lambda as intermediate layer.

A bit more insight: Qt-docs.

edit: One of the earlier error-messags also hinted out what could be the culprit, but “no type named Car” is more funny 😉

QtCreator: add online-help if the SDK is not coming from an official package

Written by  on January 1, 2020


having some Qt-SDK without help files. Using help inside a browser is possible, but cumbersome. and local help would be nice for quick parameter-checks.

solution (edited):

Found also the official docu at: http://download.qt-project.org/online/qtsdkrepository/windows_x86/desktop/qt5_5121_src_doc_examples/qt.qt5.5121.doc/ as 7z-archive.

Then add it via QtCreator > Tools > Options > Help > Documentation > “add the QCH files”.

Qt: custom-class and specialities for QVariant and QSettings

Written by  on December 11, 2019

While implementing some custom-class (C++17; Qt5.12) some specialities became (painfully) noticeable.
The guide at the Qt-source is quite well written.

  • ctor, copy-ctor and dtor are all required and have to be public
  • add Q_DECLARE_METATYPE(CustomClass)
  • QDebug-stream-operator in case of simple debugging-messages
  • if the QVariant-version of the CustomClass shall be written to QSettings, then implement also the two streaming operators: << and >> (else crash with Assert “unable to save type”): howto

MicroPython (uPython) – the future is here

Written by  on November 27, 2019

My activity with the ESP8266/ESP32 boards had somehow fallen asleep after I set up one of the ESP8266 as Wifi-repeater. It worked, but creating own devices was too cumbersome. Firing up the ArduinoStudio took ages, building and downloading the firmware in C++ was error-prone, took ages (seriously, this is a tiny program, what the hell happens in the background?).
But I knew there exists a path, which could save some time: µPython (micropython). It runs a firmware, you just deploy your “code”. In my case now a tiny hello-world-like program.

I used this and that tutorial and the uPyCraft-IDE. Got it working with an ESP8266 in minutes.

Seriously: goodbye crappy, non-structured and slow-to-build C/C++ for my microcontrollers. The future is here o/

By the way: the motivation also comes from my current daily practice of Python (of course, I still contribute to C++/Qt-based projects), but my current flame is Python (for Project Euler and daily coding challenges).

C++ name demangling

Written by  on November 20, 2019

Like described in “Today I learned” (TIL): c++filt is quite helpful for demangling:

But what if you have none readily available? -> c++filtjs

Three ways to find the location of a certain DLL at Windows

Written by  on November 11, 2019

Common problem: just using the current working directory is not sufficient, because especially for unit-tests started from the Visual Studio-testrunner the opriginal, relative path is not fitting anymore. Fallback would be check an environment variable , which is set during installation or using the WinAPI (ugh).

versioned code can be found at: github/cppcCollection

Visual Studio 2015: error LINK1158 rc.exe not found

Written by  on October 22, 2019

Challenge: Visual Studio 2015, Windows Kit 8 and 10 installed, test application (as solution) for a SDK not buildable
copy rc.exe and rcdll.dll from
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x64
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\VC\bin

Visual Studio testrunner still running … and stopping you from accessing DLLs for linking

Written by  on October 8, 2019

Problem Challenge:
Several instances of vstest.executionengine.clr20.exe are still running, despite closing that nice Visual Studio 2015 and therefore the access to compile and link several DLLs with QtCreator is blocked.
Closing them one by one with the taskmanager is annoying.

* CMD as admin
* $ taskkill /IM vstest.executionengine.clr20.exe /T /F
* or: $ wmic process where name=’vstest.executionengine.clr20.exe’ delete