Projects/Marble/GraphicsViewGeoParser

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The Problem

Data is read from files with the GeoDataParser framework in order to be displayed.

The GeoData framework is used to manipulate GeoDataObject classes. GeoData should be accessed in a sensible way because of its "shared data" logic.

Items to be displayed are GeoGraphicsItems, following the GeoGraphicsView framework.

The Link between GeoData and GeoGraphicsItems has to permit:

  • To display corresponding items, and get the data updates.
  • To possibly edit data through interaction (i.e. clicking on the map, dragging an item...)

A bit of history and issues

GeoData manipulation

Previously, GeoData has been accessed through shallow copy from the rendering objects. this posed problems as GeoData uses data sharing internally and updates in GeoData were thus not seen in Items.

Model-View framework

Also, the Model-View framework from Qt has been used many times with various shades of success for that specific matter (see Model View status for more info).

A "Model" in the Model-view framework in Qt is an interface to facilitate access to lists of data from widgets which need not know what data is inside. The interface may sound nice, but the abstraction is a bit too much when the interaction between data and its representation increases. These "Model" are also not data stores in order to avoid the previous issue.

Multiple Inheritance try

Multiple inheritance could be possible where GeoGraphicsItems would also be GeoNodes, but that raises issues regarding modularity, because both the model and its representation would be in the same object. We also try not to have multiple inheritance at all so...

Possible Solutions and discussion

Display the data

We should follow an Observer Pattern logic for the first goal whereas GeoGraphicsItems would observe the GeoData.

Multiple options are available for an observer pattern implementation:

  • use signal/slots

After all, this is one of Qt's best success.

For reference, Qt4.6 snapshot doc regarding animation proposes for GraphicsItems to inherit QObject to receive signals from animation framework.

A less obtrusive solution is possible with some intermediary QObject-derived class which would manipulate GeoGraphicsItems when GeoData updates.


  • implement light event handling methods (like java event listener classes)


  • use qt's model-view framework of itemviews-ng

More info needed to see if it fits the observer solution...

A first glance at [ItemView-ng Project API] shows not much radical change in the model interaction compared to previous itemview...

Edit the data

We should think carefully about storing data to provide the second goal, so that editing is done in the GeoData and then updates happen in GeoGraphicsItems as a result.


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