Question regarding Big/Little endian
We recently ran into an issue running on an older PowerPC platform. All of our code assumes little-endian byte order, but the PowerPC is a big-endian platform by default, so we had some problems.
I am writing some new socket code and want to ensure that I don't introduce any new issues. Looking at the Qt5.5 version of the Fortune client/server example, the fortune is streamed with a qint16 message header which specifies the size of the packet.
How will this behave if I am communicating between a little-endian and a big-endian platform?
A data stream is a binary stream of encoded information which is 100% independent of the host computer's operating system, CPU or byte order. For example, a data stream that is written by a PC under Windows can be read by a Sun SPARC running Solaris.
You should be fine
QDataStreamuses big endian. You can change it manually, but do so on all platforms you want to deploy to/programs you're deploying. In any case you're fine as long as you stream your data with the appropriate operators and don't use