Custom class objects in a tree

  • Hi,

    Im very new to Qt and having trouble getting my head around some of the concepts.

    What I have is an abstract class (Foo) that I would like to keep in a tree structure, much like the Object tree in Designer. I would like the tree view to display two properties of Foo, the Name and Type. I would like this to work with internal drag and drop.

    I see two approaches:

    1. I add a parent and children pointers to my Foo class and use that to populate a QTreeWidget
    2. I make use of the QTreeView and implement QAbstractItemModel.

    Option 1 feels comfortable but wasteful, so I started on option 2. Using the Editable Tree Model Example I quickly ran into problems.

    Firstly I have two columns that I want to see in the tree, Name and Type, but these values are driven from Foo. So I wanted each TreeItem to hold an instance of Foo that it would query for the Name and Type columns. I did this by adding a third column to hold a pointer to a Foo instance (also added Q_DECLARE_METATYPE to Foo so QVariant would work).

    Then I changed the data method in TreeModel to switch on the index.column and query the TreeItem via a getter i.e. getName and removed the data method in TreeItem and added the getters for name and type.

    At this point it seemed to work but as soon as I tried to implement internal drag and drop I realised that this isn't going to 'just work'. The instance of Foo inside the TreeItem is lost during the insert/remove row dance.

    Am I going about this the right way? Is adding a third column the only way to add an arbitrary class object to my tree nodes? Should I merge the concept of TreeItem and Foo? How would I do that when Foo is abstract?

    Any help being pointed in the right direction to solve this (especially the Qt way) would be appreciated.


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