…but is also a set of cross-platform widgets.
This is my shot at embedding WebKit into Eclipse SWT:
QWebView embedded in SWT/Win32
QWebView embedded in SWT/Cocoa32
This effort is quite different from SWT/Qt as it does not intend to provide whole SWT on top of Qt – my goal is to compliment “native” SWTs with Qt widgets. I believe Qt is a great complement for SWT as:
- It has uniform cross-platform API – meaning developers can provide consistent functionality on all major desktop platforms.
- It has native look-and-feel – Qt relies on native APIs. My tests had shown that embedding Qt into SWT is more stable then embedding Swing into SWT.
- Qt provide a lot of well-tested ready to embed components – QWebView integration is my primary focus right now. It was fairly straightforward to embed full-fledged WebKit browser into Eclipse workbench. I researched other WebKit “bindings” like the Cocoa’s WebKit and it looks like Qt provides most comprehensive APIs of them all.
This project will become an open-source project on one of the OSS hosting sites. I see following issues with the project:
- Huge size and distribution problems. I have little C++ and Qt experience so I was unable to statically link JNI DLL to Qt libraries. Qt dynamic libraries introduce both distribution and size concerns.
Current state and future directions:
- The code will be published after I expose more QWebView APIs to SWT clients and will improve the build configuration.
- I plan to focus on QWebKit functionality like QWebInspector and QWebPage
- Research other Qt components that are attractive to SWT crowd (native combo with images)?
- Build configuration to produce binaries as small as possible.
- SWT/GTK port – I am completely unfamiliar with GTK development so I haven’t even started looking in this direction. It shouldn’t be hard – both Win32-specific and Cocoa-specific parts are a few dozen lines long.