An easier way to connect
I've been wondering, the new connection syntax tends to be a little over-verbose, can't we make use of the MOC to make connections really simple.
After all, the connection boils down to connecting the signal of an instance to the slot of an instance. I.e.
@connect(&obj1, &T1::someSig, obj1Ptr, T2::someSlot);@
Occasionally, you have to deal with specifying overloads, making the syntax a horrid mess.
Now, how cool would it be if you could simply:
Naturally, this could not happen in C++, but the MOC can be used to generate the actual full connection syntax from this, with convenience features like:
automatically distinguish between references and pointers, using . for member access signifies the MOC needs to add the & operator before the object identifier
automatically handle necessary overloads, the user can use parameters to specify it, i.e. @obj.someSig(int)
Instead of using
connect()a macro can be used, such as:
// vs the current syntax, requiring explicit cast due to valueChanged() being overloaded
connect(spinbox, static_cast<void (QSpinBox::*)(int)>(&QSpinBox::valueChanged), slider, &QSlider::setValue);@
Naturally, I don't put this in the context of a feature suggestion, the point is to get some feedback what people think before considering making it a feature suggestion.
I think it is a good idea! Writing connect statements (both old and new syntax) is always a bit painful. Your solution would make it clean and simple.
I have created a "suggestion for the feature":https://bugreports.qt-project.org/browse/QTBUG-43087, vote for it to hopefully see it implemented sooner.