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17 February 2012, 09:40

Qt Labs introduces replacement for qmake

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Qt logo The Qt Labs developers have introduced an initial, experimental version of Qt Build Suite (qbs for short, pronounced "cubes"). The software is intended to eventually replace the qmake Makefile generator and, with a wider range of functions, be comparable to build tools such as Ant and SCons.

The language used in qbs will be a simplified form of QML. The software will use the high-level project description to create an appropriate dependency graph, which can later be used for fast incremental builds. An initial benchmark test shows that qbs is already significantly faster than qmake.

The developers emphasise that qbs is still considered to be experimental and that qmake will continue to be the tool of choice for Qt development for some time. Those who want to try out the build tool can download the source code from Gitorious. Qt Build Suite is licensed under the LGPL.


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