Web development and KDE4

KDE3 had quite good applications for web development, the most prominent and useful Quanta3 (actually I am still a advanced user of Quanta3). The KDE4 version of Quanta (Quanta4) will be a major rewrite, based on kdevplatform, the base of KDevelop4.

Although KDevelop4 will only have its Beta6 release soon, and can be used for daily work, Quanta4 is not.

Well, no problem, you might think, just use Quanta3. But for many people it is not:

·         Kde3 packages are inherited by the distributions and will be eliminated sooner or later

·         Some distributions do not send all the necessary packages for a complete Quanta3 (eg, missing kio-Slaves, not fish: //)

·         A KDE3 application does not integrate as well, it's more like a Gtk application in a Kde4 session

Let's look at the future of Quanta4:

As it is more or less a rewrite, and not just carry the old code, we have a lot of work to do. Andras and Eric, the main contributors of Quanta3, no longer contribute, so the development is more or less on hold. But wait, Quanta4 is based on the same kdevplat form as KDevelop4, right? This means that any KDevelop4 add-on is a complement to Quanta4. And a lot for the KDevelop4 plug-in:

·         Php language support (which is really cool)

·         Php documentation (very useful)

·         Executor of scripts (execute scripts within Developer, necessary for debugger)

·         Browser driver (external browser open, necessary for debugger)

·         Compatibility with the xdebug debugger (next plugin for php debugging)

Then, active development occurs for Quanta4; we only use all KDevelop4 to test the add-ons.


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