The Qt Company, an open source tools provider, has launched a new project that aims to make software development faster and more lightweight.
The new Qt Lite Project aims to offer a wide range of enhancements to developers in order to streamline the creation and delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms regardless of its size. The project is built into the company’s existing framework and can help streamline the development of software and devices for many industries including, automotive, avionics, healthcare, home appliance and entertainment sectors.
Qt Lite will allow developers to start with a minimal deployable configuration to simply add in any additional feature they require while developing their project. This will give them complete control, with a continuous understanding of the consequences of their actions, and allow transparency of the development project throughout the team.
The Internet of Things (IoT) angle is noted by Qt. In the press materials, the company cited research from Gartner and MarketsandMarkets; 6.4 billion connected things are in use in 2016, while the connected device market is expected to grow from $157.05 billion this year to $661.74 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 33.3%. Writing in a company blog post, Nils Christian Roscher-Nielsen explained: “As the requirements and the world of software development is changing, so does Qt.
“We believe in a future of great software and hardware, developed together, delivered quickly, and that you can have fun in the process. Embedded development should be just as simple as all other software development, and you should immediately see the result of your ideas running on your device.”
For the past 20 years, Qt has been used on a wide range of operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft and various other real time operating systems.