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NavigationPane properties and objectName explanation

Hello everyone!


I've been working with a variety of the sample apps that use NavigationPane objects (in QML) and have noticed that sometimes, the pages and/or lists that are within the NavigationPane look like properties of the pane:


NavigationPane {

    id: navigationPane

    firstPage: Page {

        id: pgMain

        content: Container {

            ListView {

                id: listView

                // set object name to let listView to be discoverable from C++

                objectName: "listView"

                layout: GridListLayout{}



Then, other times, the words I bolded simply aren't there.  Does this make a difference or have any significance? Also, when and why do you use "objectName?"  I have looked through the documentation on both of these topics and not found much explanation.

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Re: NavigationPane properties and objectName explanation

I don't put the firstpage or content and all works fine.


As for objectname.... You need that when trying get a pointer to that object from cpp


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Re: NavigationPane properties and objectName explanation

Thanks for the insight with objectName!
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Re: NavigationPane properties and objectName explanation

objectName can also be used in QML, for example, when iterating children of a container to distinguish them.


firstPage and content are default properties. If property name is omitted, the children of the element will be binded to a default property (if there's one defined). More info on this:


Or even better example from Qt 5 docs (it still applies to 4.8):




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