[PyKDE] Sharp Zaurus support

Greg Fortune lists at gregfortune.com
Thu Dec 12 16:55:01 GMT 2002

> The Zaurus has Qt/Embedded 2.3.2, with some limits on functionality.
> PyQt being just a wrapper around Qt, it doesn't lift those
> restrictions.
> I don't know if there is a list of restrictions somewhere. Here are the
> ones I discovered while porting code:
> - The QSplitter object does not exist.
> - QColor doesn't take string arguments, you have to specify a colour by
>   RGB or use one of the predefined color objects.
> Another incompatibility I discovered is that
> QWidget.setBackgroundColor has no effect, at least for a "plain"
> widget. You have to paint the background yourself.
> All these are limitations due to Qt, so they apply no matter what
> tools you use for Zaurus programming. I haven't run into anything
> limitation due to Python or PyQt yet. It's rather the opposite: it is
> much easier to work with Python on the Zaurus as you can modify the
> code right on the Zaurus without having to worry about compilation. In
> fact, I developed substantial parts of code on the train. And speed is
> perfectly sufficient if you don't do number crunching.
> In summary, Python+PyQt is the best handheld programming system I have
> seen until now. Of course, as a longtime Python fan I might be biased ;-)

As a longtime PyQt user, I might be a little biased too :) Thanks for the 


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