Qt Releases Light Version of IoT Development Framework
Qt Lite enables developers to streamline the creation/delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms and any connected object, regardless of size.Whether one pronounces it "cute" or "kew-tee"—either is OK—the Qt Company has as its singular and lofty mission to provide a cross-platform framework that enables developers to write the application code once, then deploy it anywhere and on any device without worrying about the back end. The Helsinki-based open-source development tool provider on Sept. 30 launched the Qt Lite Project, a major expansion of its framework that makes software and device development faster and easier than it was previously.
Qt Lite contains a range of new enhancements that enable developers to streamline the creation and delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms and any connected object, regardless of its size.
With 6.4 billion connected things in use in 2016, the connected device market is expected to grow from $157.05 billion in 2016 to $661.74 billion by 2021 (at a compound annual growth rate of 33.3 percent from 2016 to 2021), according to research from Gartner and MarketsandMarkets. Tailor-made for Burgeoning IoT Development Market Considering this huge market opportunity for organizations and independent developers building connected devices for the IoT, Qt seeks to ensure that all devices can communicate over supported protocols and that software can easily be extended to the next-generation device—a concept known as "future proofing" that is especially critical in burgeoning markets like the IoT. The Qt open-source software development toolkit enables developers to create applications that can run across multiple platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux, as well as some mobile platforms, such as Symbian and Windows Phone. Nokia had acquired the development framework in 2008 when it bought Trolltech—predecessor of Qt—and targeted Qt to developers to create applications for Symbian and MeeGo, an open-source mobile OS the company was developing with Intel. However, with Nokia transitioning in 2010 and 2011 to the Windows Phone operating system for its mobile devices and the bulk of mobile development happening on Apple iOS and Google Android platforms, Nokia's need for the Qt technology quickly waned. Software maker Digia in 2011 acquired parts of Qt and then bought the rest of the company in August 2012. Finite Pool of IoT Developers
A lot has happened in the IT world since then, starting with the IoT. "The number of connected devices in use is growing at an exponential rate, but there is a rather finite pool of developers able to build applications and software for these technologies," said Andy Mulholland, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research. "As a result, in order to keep up with consumer demand and seize the opportunity created by connected devices and the internet of things, developers need a platform that is able to strike a perfect balance between offering a robust set of development tools while providing a nimble and lightweight delivery model."
As does the overarching Qt framework of software and device development tools, Qt Lite has been specifically designed to enable agile iterative development of software and devices for a range of industries, including the health care, automotive, avionics, and home appliance and entertainment sectors. For example, using Qt Lite, developers can build software and devices that include in-dashboard screens for connected cars, smart medical devices and feature-rich user interfaces (UIs) for WiFi-enabled home entertainment systems. What's New in Qt Lite
You can learn more about The Qt Company, the Qt Lite Project and the upcoming Qt 5.8 release at this year's Qt World Summit, the largest annual event dedicated to Qt developers, business leaders and product managers. The event will take place at Pier 27 in San Francisco on Oct. 18-20 and will feature keynotes, demos, breakouts and industry highlights. For more information on the Qt World Summit 2016, go here.