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* [[http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR]]
 
* [[Getting_Started/Sources/Anonymous SVN|Anonymous SVN Quickstart Guide]]
 
* [[Getting_Started/Sources/Using Subversion with KDE|Using Subversion with KDE]] ''A more in depth look at accessing KDE source code with subversion, including the repository layout and working with revisions and patches.''
 
* [[Getting_Started/Sources/Snapshots|Daily Snapshots]]
 
* [http://websvn.kde.org/ Browse Code Online]
 
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The KDE community is perhaps best known for its Plasma desktop workspace as well as its rich collection of applications but the community has also produced libraries and tools to make software development more enjoyable or, at the very least, less painful. Whether you're looking to write you first KDE application, make your existing Qt project more awesome, or get involved with one or more of the great KDE projects, this is a great place to get your journey started!
  
[http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] Introduction
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To contribute to KDE, see [https://community.kde.org/Get_Involved the Get Involved page on the Community Wiki].
  
Interactive Voice Response ([http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR]) applications enable callers to interact with any software, such as query and modify database information, over their telephone. Callers can use their touch-tone pad to input requests or just say what they want to do, such as requesting account balance information. [http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] systems usually employ text-to-speech software to read information back.
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If you are looking for build instructions, [https://community.kde.org/Guidelines_and_HOWTOs/Build_from_source up-to-date build instructions] are available  on the Community Wiki, and we also have [[{{BASEPAGENAME}}/Build/Historic|historic ones]].
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In telephony, IVR is a phone technology that allows a computer to detect voice and touch tones using a normal phone call. The [http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] system can respond with pre-recorded or dynamically generated audio to further direct callers on how to proceed. IVR systems can be used to control almost any function where the interface can be broken down into a series of simple menu choices. Once constructed [http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] systems generally scale well to handle large call volumes.
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= Setting Up =
  
The [http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] can enable you to make hundreds of personalized calls with a single click.
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Getting started can be as simple or as involved as you need it to be. As much as possible, use your distro's packages to simply and speed up development unless you really need to get the latest source code version. And no, you don't need to "compile all of KDE" just to use a single framework. Not convinced? Check out our [[Development/Tutorials/Setting_Up|Setting Up Guide]] to see how easy it can be.
  
[http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] telephone notification software broadcast voice messages by phone. Ideal for group event reminders, marketing, lead generation, political campaign promotions, school fundraising, church communications, emergency notifications, and much more.
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= KDE Frameworks =
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'''[[Frameworks|KDE Frameworks 5]]''' is built on top of the excellent Qt application framework to provide more functionality and power to your next big project. KDE software developers will also find classes that help them better integrate their applications into the Plasma workspace and with other KDE products.
  
You can also use [http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR] to develop your own applications. This tool enables flexible application development without any knowledge of VoiceXML. All you need is point and click to draw a call flow diagram.
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* [https://www.kde.org/products/frameworks/ KDE Frameworks Product page]
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* [[Development/Tutorials#Basics_of_how_to_develop_with_KDE_Frameworks|Tutorials to get started with KF5]]
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* [https://api.kde.org/frameworks/index.html KDE Frameworks 5 API Documentation]
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* KDE Frameworks on [[Frameworks|TechBase]] and the [[Community:Frameworks|Community Wiki]]
  
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= Kirigami =
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Named after the Japanese art of cutting and folding paper to create beautiful objects, the '''[[Kirigami|Kirigami framework]]''' offers components to let your piece together a beautiful and responsive application. Expanding the Qt Quick framework, Kirigami empowers developers to create apps that look and behave well on desktop, mobile, and more.
  
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* [https://kde.org/products/kirigami/ Kirigami landing page]
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* [https://api.kde.org/frameworks/kirigami/html/index.html Kirigami API documentation]
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* Kirigami on [[Kirigami|TechBase]] and the [[Community:Kirigami|Community Wiki]]
  
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= Tutorials =
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Get your feet wet or dive head first into coding with KDE's collection of '''Tutorials'''. From writing your first application using the KDE Frameworks to developing applets for the Plasma workspace, these bite-sized guides will get you up and running in no time.
There are different KDE branches. For production use, we recommend using a stable version of KDE.
 
* [[http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR]]
 
* [[Getting_Started/Build/KDE4|KDE 4 (Development version, TRUNK)]]
 
* [[Getting_Started/Build/KDE4.0|KDE 4.0 (Current 4.0 Release or 4.0 SVN BRANCH)]]
 
* [[Getting_Started/Build/Stable Version|KDE 3.5 (Stable version)]]
 
* [[Getting_Started/Build|Other versions and FAQ]] ''Including information for building on non-linux systems''
 
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* [[Development/Tutorials|Development Tutorials]]
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* [[Development|TechBase Development Hub]]
After KDE has been built, you'll want a good way to launch apps and perform your regular development tasks:
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* [[Community:Get_Involved|Get involved with the KDE Community]]
* [[http://www.voicent.com/ivr.php?a=8223 IVR]]
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* [[Getting_Started/Increased Productivity in KDE4 with Scripts|Increased Productivity in KDE4 with Scripts]]
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= Plasma =
* [[Getting_Started/Set up KDE 4 for development|Set up KDE 4 for development]]
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KDE's world-famous workspace for desktops and mobile, '''Plasma''' provides a rich set of building blocks to help developers create rich, beautiful, and productive user experiences on different devices, form-factors, and use cases. [[Projects/KWin|KWin]] is one of the most powerful and most flexible window managers around, providing advanced functionality and control on both X11 and Wayland systems.
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* [https://kde.org/plasma-desktop.php Plasma Desktop website]
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* [[Development/Tutorials/Plasma5|Plasma Tutorials]]
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* [https://www.plasma-mobile.org/ Plasma Mobile website]
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= It's just the beginning =
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These are just the large tips of the KDE iceberg. The community has developed many libraries for more specific needs and use cases that developers can also use to simplify their projects.
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* Need an easy and cross-platform way to handle audio and video? [[Phonon]]'s API will be very familiar to Qt developers and supports multiple backends, including GStreamer, VLC, and anything else you might want to develop.
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* If you need a privacy-respecting way to display maps and even the whole world, [[Marble]] provides data models and widgets to make that a walk in the park.
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* If you need libraries for handling email, events, and more, the [[KDE PIM]] libraries have withstood not only the test of time but also the test of enterprise customers.
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Check out the other KDE Projects that provide libraries and APIs that you can use to boost your own projects. The KDE Community is also welcoming not just new contributors but also new projects that want to be part of one of the biggest free software communities on the planet.
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The KDE community is perhaps best known for its Plasma desktop workspace as well as its rich collection of applications but the community has also produced libraries and tools to make software development more enjoyable or, at the very least, less painful. Whether you're looking to write you first KDE application, make your existing Qt project more awesome, or get involved with one or more of the great KDE projects, this is a great place to get your journey started!

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To contribute to KDE, see the Get Involved page on the Community Wiki. If you are looking for build instructions, up-to-date build instructions are available on the Community Wiki, and we also have historic ones.


Setting Up

Getting started can be as simple or as involved as you need it to be. As much as possible, use your distro's packages to simply and speed up development unless you really need to get the latest source code version. And no, you don't need to "compile all of KDE" just to use a single framework. Not convinced? Check out our Setting Up Guide to see how easy it can be.

KDE Frameworks

KDE Frameworks 5 is built on top of the excellent Qt application framework to provide more functionality and power to your next big project. KDE software developers will also find classes that help them better integrate their applications into the Plasma workspace and with other KDE products.

Kirigami

Named after the Japanese art of cutting and folding paper to create beautiful objects, the Kirigami framework offers components to let your piece together a beautiful and responsive application. Expanding the Qt Quick framework, Kirigami empowers developers to create apps that look and behave well on desktop, mobile, and more.

Tutorials

Get your feet wet or dive head first into coding with KDE's collection of Tutorials. From writing your first application using the KDE Frameworks to developing applets for the Plasma workspace, these bite-sized guides will get you up and running in no time.

Plasma

KDE's world-famous workspace for desktops and mobile, Plasma provides a rich set of building blocks to help developers create rich, beautiful, and productive user experiences on different devices, form-factors, and use cases. KWin is one of the most powerful and most flexible window managers around, providing advanced functionality and control on both X11 and Wayland systems.

It's just the beginning

These are just the large tips of the KDE iceberg. The community has developed many libraries for more specific needs and use cases that developers can also use to simplify their projects.

  • Need an easy and cross-platform way to handle audio and video? Phonon's API will be very familiar to Qt developers and supports multiple backends, including GStreamer, VLC, and anything else you might want to develop.
  • If you need a privacy-respecting way to display maps and even the whole world, Marble provides data models and widgets to make that a walk in the park.
  • If you need libraries for handling email, events, and more, the KDE PIM libraries have withstood not only the test of time but also the test of enterprise customers.


Check out the other KDE Projects that provide libraries and APIs that you can use to boost your own projects. The KDE Community is also welcoming not just new contributors but also new projects that want to be part of one of the biggest free software communities on the planet.


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