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What is the Ideal Library ? =========================== The Ideal Library is a free, intuitive, easy-to-use and consistent library meant to easily develop powerful applications and libraries. Strong points ============= - Signal/slot mechanism. Over Qt and Gtk: Connections, as well as their correctness is checked in compile time. In Qt or Gtk you can mispell a signal name that will compile just fine, but will not work. Over Qt and Gtk: Signals respect the ambit in which they are defined. In Qt or Gtk signals haven't got an ambit assigned. Over Qt and Gtk: When writing code or refactoring, you do not need to check the whole sources for fixing connections. Over Qt: All methods are slots. You can connect a signal to any method, static function or another signal. Over Qt: No need of other tool than the compiler for compiling your library or application. For instance, in Qt based code, you need to run `moc` in order to compile your code. - Extensible. Due to a system of Modules and Extensions, the Ideal Library as well as the libraries and applications are very easily extensible. This system does not require special files like *.desktop files or such. - TDD. We try to write rock solid software by following a heavy Test Driven Development. Weak points =========== - Not as big/complete as Qt or Gtk. - Needs a C++0x compliant compiler. GCC 4.3.0 can do it. - Not multiplatform yet. It is being developed with this feature in mind. Right now, the only written/being written backend is the POSIX one. Philosophy ========== - Do not reinvent the wheel. If a library can do its job successfully, use it and depend on it. We will benefit for free from its improvements and fixes. This rule has a notable exception: we cannot depend on libraries which depend on others fairly bigger, like, say, GLib. If this is the case, we have a reason for reinventing the wheel. - KISS. - KICS. "Keep It Correct, Stupid". Due to a hard test driven development, we try to write rock solid software. - Focus on today. Focus on future. Do not lose your time trying to get the Ideal Library compile with GCC 0.1-rc5. You can get for free (as in free beer) a system that can build and run this software. Focus on improving the code instead. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas, drop me an email: Rafael Fernández López <ereslibre at ereslibre dot es>