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Re: [Qt-interest] Why destroy QPainter after drawing?

Subject: Re: [Qt-interest] Why destroy QPainter after drawing?
From: Brad Howes
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:29:17 -0400
On Jun 30, 2010, at 12:37 PM, Rohan Prabhu wrote:

> In the documentation for QPainter, it says that "Remember to destroy
> the QPainter object after drawing", but doesn't provide a rationale as
> to why. Why does it say so? Why is destroying QPainter necessary after
> painting?

You don't. However, you need to make sure that the QPaintDevice is no longer 
being used by the QPainter object. The easiest way to do so is by using RAII, 
creating a QPainter on the stack with a QPaintDevice given as the sole argument 
to the constructor. When the method goes out of scope, the QPainter destructor 
releases the QPaintDevice and all is well in the universe.

You can instead create a QPainter object in the heap, and use the begin() and 
end() methods to manage ownership of a QPaintDevice object. Note that the 
begin() method specifically states that all painter settings are reset to 
default values by a begin() so there appears not be much use in having a 
heap-based QPainter vs. a stack-based one.

Brad

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