The First KDevelop 5.0.0 Beta

KDevelop, was first released in December 1999. Along the way, it has made great strides to be a leading Integrated development environment on Unix like operating systems.

KDevelop 5.0.0 now released as the first public Beta, was originally intended to be used on the KDE desktop environment.

What is KDevelop?

This is a free and open source software integrated development environment (IDE) for the KDE Platform on Unix-like computer operating systems which uses GCC or Clang as its compiler. KDevelop supports various programming languages including C, C++, Python, PHP, and others.

The current Beta release is built on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5). You can follow this article to learn what’s new with Qt 5.6. There are several reasons that make a case to upgrade to these latest development frameworks as they bring in a bunch of new features, bug fixes, stability and performance improvements.

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Other benefits include access to modern C++ programming techniques, less reliance on dependencies and access to more operating systems such as Windows and Mac OSX.

KDevelop 5 additionally comes with support for QML, JavaScript and QMake not forgetting already existing support for CMake. Future plans include support for Ruby with further plans to integrate basic Go and Rust.

KDevelop C++ Screenshot
KDevelop C++ Screenshot

The above has been possible through the hard work of the development team and the community at large and still requires more work to make it available as a general production release.

The current version of production-ready KDevelop is 4.7.2 which is largely based on Qt 4. You can download a copy of this IDE here.  Get it, test the new features mentioned above and consider making a donation to the developers.

To get an idea of some of the amazing things you can do with Qt, you can read this article on memory management with Qt and get some tips on better C++ programming.