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Add some documentation for how to use the ProgressManager.

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\o For a text typed in by the user you provide a list of things to show in the popup. When the user selects an entry you are requested to do whatever you want.
\o \l{Locator::ILocatorFilter}, \l{Locator::FilterEntry}, \l{Locator::BaseFileFilter}
\o Show a progress indicator for a concurrently running task.
\o You can show a progress indicator for your tasks in the left hand tool bar,
and also in the application icon (on platforms that support it).
\o \l{Core::ProgressManager}, \l{Core::FutureProgress}
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using namespace Core;
using namespace Core::Internal;
\class Core::ProgressManager
\brief The ProgressManager class is used to show a user interface
for running tasks in Qt Creator.
It tracks the progress of a task that it is told
about, and shows a progress indicator in the left hand tool bar
of Qt Creator's main window to the user.
The progress indicator also allows the user to cancel the task.
You get the single instance of this class via the
Core::ICore::progressManager() method.
\section1 Registering a task
The ProgressManager API uses QtConcurrent as the basis for defining
tasks. A task consists of the following properties:
\o Property
\o Type
\o Description
\o Task abstraction
\o \c QFuture<void>
\o A \c QFuture object that represents the task which is
responsible for reporting the state of the task. See below
for coding patterns how to create this object for your
specific task.
\o Title
\o \c QString
\o A very short title describing your task. This is shown
as a title over the progress bar.
\o Type
\o \c QString
\o A string identifier that is used to group different tasks that
belong together.
For example, all the search operations use the same type
\o Flags
\o \l ProgressManager::ProgressFlags
\o Additional flags that specify how the progress bar should
be presented to the user.
To register a task you create your \c QFuture<void> object, and call
addTask(). This method returns a
object that you can use to further customize the progress bar's appearance.
See the \l{Core::FutureProgress}{FutureProgress} documentation for
In the following you will learn about two common patterns how to
create the \c QFuture<void> object for your task.
\section2 Create a threaded task with QtConcurrent
The first option is to directly use QtConcurrent to actually
start a task concurrently in a different thread.
QtConcurrent has several different methods to run e.g.
a class method in a different thread. Qt Creator itself
adds a few more in \c{src/libs/qtconcurrent/runextensions.h}.
The QtConcurrent methods to run a concurrent task return a
\c QFuture object. This is what you want to give the
ProgressManager in the addTask() method.
Have a look at e.g Locator::ILocatorFilter. Locator filters implement
a method \c refresh which takes a \c QFutureInterface object
as a parameter. These methods look something like:
void Filter::refresh(QFutureInterface<void> &future) {
future.setProgressRange(0, MAX);
while (!future.isCanceled()) {
// Do a part of the long stuff
The actual refresh, which calls all the filters' refresh methods
in a different thread, looks like this:
QFuture<void> task = QtConcurrent::run(&ILocatorFilter::refresh, filters);
Core::FutureProgress *progress = Core::ICore::instance()
->progressManager()->addTask(task, tr("Indexing"),
First, we tell QtConcurrent to start a thread which calls all the filters'
refresh method. After that we register the returned QFuture object
with the ProgressManager.
\section2 Manually create QtConcurrent objects for your thread
If your task has its own means to create and run a thread,
you need to create the necessary objects yourselves, and
report the start/stop state.
// We are already running in a different thread here
QFutureInterface<void> *progressObject = new QFutureInterface<void>;
progressObject->setProgressRange(0, MAX);
tr("DoIt"), MYTASKTYPE);
// Do something
// We have done what we needed to do
delete progressObject;
In the first line we create the QFutureInterface object that will be
our way for reporting the task's state.
The first thing we report is the expected range of the progress values.
We register the task with the ProgressManager, using the internal
QFuture object that has been created for our QFutureInterface object.
Next we report that the task has begun and start doing our actual
work, regularly reporting the progress via the methods
in QFutureInterface. After the long taking operation has finished,
we report so through the QFutureInterface object, and delete it
\enum Core::ProgressManager::ProgressFlag
Additional flags that specify details in behavior. The
default for a task is to not have any of these flags set.
\value KeepOnFinish
The progress indicator stays visible after the task has finished.
\value ShowInApplicationIcon
The progress indicator for this task is additionally
shown in the application icon in the system's task bar or dock, on
platforms that support that (at the moment Windows 7 and Mac OS X).
\fn Core::ProgressManager::ProgressManager(QObject *parent = 0)
\fn Core::ProgressManager::~ProgressManager()
\fn FutureProgress *Core::ProgressManager::addTask(const QFuture<void> &future, const QString &title, const QString &type, ProgressFlags flags = 0)
Shows a progress indicator for the given task.
The progress indicator shows the specified \a title along with the progress bar.
The \a type of a task will specify a logical grouping with other
running tasks. Via the \a flags parameter you can e.g. let the
progress indicator stay visible after the task has finished.
Returns an object that represents the created progress indicator,
which can be used to further customize.
\fn void Core::ProgressManager::setApplicationLabel(const QString &text)
Shows the given \a text in a platform dependent way in the application
icon in the system's task bar or dock. This is used
to show the number of build errors on Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
\fn void Core::ProgressManager::cancelTasks(const QString &type)
Schedules a cancel for all running tasks of the given \a type.
Please note that the cancel functionality depends on the
running task to actually check the \c QFutureInterface::isCanceled
\fn void Core::ProgressManager::taskStarted(const QString &type)
Sent whenever a task of a given \a type is started.
\fn void Core::ProgressManager::allTasksFinished(const QString &type)
Sent when all tasks of a \a type have finished.
ProgressManagerPrivate::ProgressManagerPrivate(QObject *parent)
: ProgressManager(parent),
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