Wt (web toolkit)

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Original author(s) Emweb
Initial release 1.0.0 / Released December 2005
Stable release
3.3.6 / July 15, 2016; 2 months ago (2016-07-15)[1]
Operating system Any
Type Web application framework
License Dual License: GNU General Public License or Commercial License
Website www.webtoolkit.eu/wt

Wt (pronounced "witty") is an open source widget-centric web-application framework for the "C++" programming language, developed by "Emweb". It has an API (application programming interface) that resembles the "C++" desktop-application library "Qt", also using a widget-tree and an event-driven "Signal / Slot" programming model.

The goal of the library is to benefit from the stateful component model used in desktop-applications APIs, applied to web-development,—instead of the traditional MVC-model (model–view–controller): rather than using MVC at the level of a web-page—MVC is pushed to the level of individual components.

While the library uses a desktop-application development model, it does support web-specific features—including:

A unique feature of the library is its abstraction layer of the browser rendering model. The library uses "Ajax" for communicating with "Ajax"-capable browsers, while using plain "HTML"-form post-backs for other user agents. Using a progressive bootstrap-method, the user interface is initially rendered as a plain "HTML"-document; and for "Ajax"-capable browsers—it is automatically upgraded to use "Ajax" for increased interactivity. In this way, it is:

Because of the popularity of "C"/"C++" in embedded system environments—the library is often used in such devices, and has been highly optimized for performance (as a consequence).

Major features[edit]

You can see a complete feature list on the project homepage, for a more detailed overview.

Code example[edit]

The "Hello World!" example—full source code:

#include <Wt/WApplication>
#include <Wt/WBreak>
#include <Wt/WContainerWidget>
#include <Wt/WLineEdit>
#include <Wt/WPushButton>
#include <Wt/WText>

// c++0x only, for std::bind
// #include <functional>

using namespace Wt;

 * A simple "Hello, World!" application-class demonstrates: 
 * How to 
 * react to events, read input, give feed-back?
class HelloApplication : public WApplication
  HelloApplication(const WEnvironment& env);

  WLineEdit *nameEdit_;
  WText *greeting_;

  void greet();

 * The "env"-argument contains information about 
 * a new session and an initial request. It must be passed 
 * to the "WApplication"-constructor,--
 * so it is typically also an argument for your custom
 * application-constructor.
HelloApplication::HelloApplication(const WEnvironment& env)
  : WApplication(env)
  setTitle("Hello world");                               // application title

  root()->addWidget(new WText("Your name, please? "));   // show some text
  nameEdit_ = new WLineEdit(root());                     // allow text input
  nameEdit_->setFocus();                                 // give focus

  WPushButton *button
    = new WPushButton("Greet me.", root());              // create a button
  button->setMargin(5, Left);                            // add 5 pixels margin

  root()->addWidget(new WBreak());                       // insert a line-break

  greeting_ = new WText(root());                         // empty text

   * Connect signals with slots
   * - simple "Wt"-way
  button->clicked().connect(this, &HelloApplication::greet);

   * - using an arbitrary function object (binding values with boost::bind())
    (boost::bind(&HelloApplication::greet, this));

   * - using a c++0x lambda:
  // b->clicked().connect(std::bind([=]() { 
  //       greeting_->setText("Hello there, " + nameEdit_->text());
  // }));

void HelloApplication::greet()
   * Update the text, using text-input into the "nameEdit_"-field.
  greeting_->setText("Hello there, " + nameEdit_->text() + "!");

WApplication *createApplication(const WEnvironment& env)
   * You could read information from the environment to decide: 
   * Whether the User has a permission to start a new application?
  return new HelloApplication(env);

int main(int argc, char **argv)
  /* The method may set up some shared resources, 
   * but should then start a server-application ("FastCGI" or "httpd"), to: 
   * 1. Listen for requests; 
   * 2. Handle all of the application's life-cycles.
   * The last "WRun"-argument specifies 
   * a new application-objects instantiating function--
   * to execute when 
   * a new user surfs to the "Wt"-application 
   * and the library has a negotiated browser support. 
   * (This function should return a newly instantiated application-object.)
  return WRun(argc, argv, &createApplication);

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