KDE Core/Platform 11/PlatformVsFrameworks

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Definition of Frameworks and Platform

In our communication we want to use Frameworks, since this communicates the modularity of our libraries better than the term "platform", which gives a more monolithic, either-or impression.

uses -> Basics Value Added
Functional Used on some OS to plug a hole in them. Example: KDECore/Date+ktimezoned No interaction
Integration KDE Workspace specific. Example: Kephal+any module used Desireable for the added value on any OS

Framework Definition

  • Useful as separate library
  • platform independent
  • Split in functional and integration

Functional frameworks

Integration frameworks

Platform Definition

  • not necessarily portable
  • ...

What needs work here?

The following list gives an idea of some problems we see with splitting up our frameworks:

  • 1) needs sycoca
  • 2) uses mimetype/xdg
  • 3) uses kded
  • 4) kglobal used, but only for ref/deref (which can maybe move into Qt)
  • 5) uses kglobal (in a non-trivial way)
  • 6) uses kaboutdata
  • 7) should be optional
  • 8) duplicates functionality in Qt
  • 9) should move into its own library
  • 10) Make Qt only/split out KDE-specific parts
  • 11) No clear picture
  • 12) Should not be made public

Framework or Platform in kdelibs

The list below indicates our _intended_ situation.

Frameworks

Functional

  • kdecore
    • compression 2)
    • date 3), 8)
    • io 2), 5)
    • jobs 4)
    • kaboutdata 7)
    • sonnet 9)
    • kshareddatacache
  • dnssd
  • kdeui (most items are unclear, only listing clear ones here)
    • itemviews
  • kdepimlibs
    • akonadi 10)
    • kblog
    • kcalcore
    • kholidays
    • kimap
    • kldap
    • kmbox
    • kmime
    • kpimutils 11)
    • ktnef
    • kxmlrpcclient
    • microblog 12)
    • gpgme++/qgpgme
    • syndacation

Integration

  • kdecore
    • auth
    • kconfig 1), 8)
    • kernel (except kaboutdata)
  • kate
  • kdeui (most items are unclear, only listing clear ones here)
    • windowmanagement
  • kdepimlibs
    • kontactinterface
    • kpimidentities
    • kpimtexteditor
    • mailtransport

Platform

Platform bits with annotations

  • klocale 8)
  • ssl/ktcpsocket 8)
  • services 8) (investigate with dfaure)
  • ktrader 8) (investigate with dfaure)

Platform bits without

  • kded
  • kglobal
  • kcomponentdata
  • sycoca
  • kdesu
  • kwebkit

Trash

  • kdecore/text

Don't know / undecided

  • kdecore/util
  • kfile

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