2.6. Summary

In this chapter you learned how to compile a KDE program; you created a simple application; and you were introduced to some KDE programming conventions.

The compilation process can be greatly simplified by using the make utility. It allows you to start the compiler by just typing make at the command line instead of long strings of compiler options. It also saves time because only modified source code—and the code that depends on it—is recompiled.

Although the application you created was a simple one, it demonstrates most of the classes and methods that you need to know about to get the look and feel of a KDE-compliant application. Some UI design standards were discussed and will be expanded upon later.

It is important to follow the KDE naming conventions and to document your code. It will help both you and other developers to understand and modify your code.