Folklore and Software…Pure Inspiration
I first encountered Trolltech about four years ago and have been intrigued since. After you get over the odd name and being reminded of Peer Gynt and the Three Billy Goats Gruff legends, you realize the company has some interesting technology that will go a long way in helping with device software optimization (DSO). You also realize that Trolltech is a company of and for developers – after all, if trolls are exposed to sunlight they turn to stone. And, we all know that real developers prefer to work their magic in the wee hours of the night and avoid those harmful ultra-violet rays at all cost.
So why do I find Trolltech so intriguing? They have a simple product lineup – Qt and Qtopia. Their mission is to unleash the creative power of the developer. In this day and age of turning software development into a structured discipline instead of a creative expression, Trolltech’s mission is commendable. There should be a little creative expression in everything we do, otherwise it is just rote and quite honestly, boring. In the case of Trolltech, the developer is free to create, innovate, and explore.
The Qt product delivers true cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, AIX, etc.) application development and internationalization (I18N). Since we live in a global world with heterogeneous operating systems this is a huge win for global organizations. Trolltech Qt means you can truly develop for any platform in any locale.
Qtopia allows for the customization of the user experience of Linux based devices. This means the customer gets what they expect and demand – an easy to use graphical user interface.
With customers as diverse as Motorola, Skype, Adobe, Google, NASA, IBM, and Samsung, Trolltech proves that, true to their legend, trolls are sometimes nice and can help in navigating the not so nice world of software development.
What’s next?...life is a database.