I just started using Qt and noticed that all the example class definitions have the macro
Q_OBJECT as the first line. What is the purpose of this preprocessor macro?
From the Qt documentation:
The Meta-Object Compiler, moc, is the program that handles Qt's C++ extensions.
The moc tool reads a C++ header file. If it finds one or more class declarations that contain the Q_OBJECT macro, it produces a C++ source file containing the meta-object code for those classes. Among other things, meta-object code is required for the signals and slots mechanism, the run-time type information, and the dynamic property system.
It simply tells the pre-compiler that this class has gui elements and needs to be run through the 'moc' you only need to add this to classes that use the signal/slot mechanism.
But it will be quietly ignored in any other classes - it just adds to the build time.