Hello ICL

Let’s start with a very simple example, which visualizes a demo image only. The basic idea for this chapter is to help you to set up all your environment variables to easily compile and run your example code.

#include <ICLQt/Quick.h>

int main(){

In order to make this demo work, you have to apply the following steps (linux/mac):

  • ensure you have all necessary build tools like g++, make and pkg-config installed and available on your system

  • adapt your PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable by adding $ICL_PREFIX/lib/pkgconfig

  • now, typing pkg-config –libs –cflags icl-8.0.0 in your bash should provide you some useful compiler and linker flags add ICL’s bin-directory to your PATH environment variable. This is necessary for the show-function, which starts an external process to for image visualization.

    Addittionally e.g. which icl-xv should print you the complete path to ICL’s image-viewer application

  • furthermore you can now compile every foo.cpp file into an executable that links against ICL by using the script icl-make

  • simply save the example above as example.cpp in your current directory and type icl-make example

  • this should invoke c++ with all necessary compiler and linker flags

  • once your demo application is built, you can run it by typing ./example

The example code contains actually two nested function calls: The inner create function and the outer show function. Actually, you will find these functions in the namespace icl::qt, however these are not needed here because the header ICLQt/Quick.h is included. This header is meant for rapid prototyping and therefore it will automatically use all ICL-namespaces and the std-namespace

  • qt::create creates a demo image that is specified by the given string value.

  • qt::show is a very special function. It saves the given image to a temporary file, and starts the application icl-xv in order to display this image. icl-xv can be set up to delete the visualized image-file. This helps to avoid having to delete all temporary files manually. Furthermore, by using the external application icl-xv, the current application does not have to implement GUI- and event handling itself. (Note: it is also possible to set up the show function to use a custom image-viewer application, see showSetup).