Flickr app using Model-View-Controller in Qt and Windows Phone

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This article demonstrates how to create Model-View-Controller architecture in Qt and Windows Phone. The context in which it is described is a Flikr app.

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Code ExampleTested with
SDK: Windows Phone SDK 8.0, Qt 1.2 SDK
Devices(s): Nokia Lumia 820, Lumia 920
Platform(s): Windows Phone 8.0/ 7.1
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 7.5
Keywords: Model-View-Controller
Created: somnathbanik (18 Oct 2011)
Last edited: hamishwillee (27 Jun 2013)



Model-View-Controller is a well known software design pattern. This pattern is used in both Qt and Windows Phone - in Qt we use Model-View-Delegate and in Windows Phone 7 we have Model-View-ViewModel pattern. One way of considering the parts of the pattern is:

  • Model : Store the data
  • View : Display the data
  • Controller : Communicate between Model and View to process the data.
General Representation of MVC design pattern

In this code example we implement a Flikr application for both platforms. While creating the application we will follow the MVC model and will compare the similarity and difference between the platforms in the handling the data. This project is designed to help beginners understand how the MVC pattern is used in Qt and WP7.


We create empty projects for both Qt and WP7. We first add code in Qt project and will put the similar code in WP7.


The Model is collection of class that can store data, separate data. Occasionally it can also communicate with any user interface. Here we will get the Flickr data and store it for further use. We are storing four information Title,Image URL, Author and Date about each Flickr item.

Qt Project (Model.qml)

Lets add a QML file in the Qt project, Right Click project explorer->Add New-> QML (from left panel)-> QML File ( from right panel) , name the file name as Model.qml and add the below code. This is our Model class in Qt project. This class will store each model item attributes.

XmlListModel {
id: feedModel
source: "http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?format=rss2" // flickr
query: "/rss/channel/item" // flickr
namespaceDeclarations: "declare namespace media=\"http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/\";"
// Flickr
XmlRole { name: "title"; query: "title/string()" }
XmlRole { name: "imagePath"; query: "media:thumbnail/@url/string()" }
XmlRole { name: "photoAuthor"; query: "author/string()" }
XmlRole { name: "photoDate"; query: "pubDate/string()" }

WP7 Project (Model.cs)

Lets add a CS file in WP7 project, Right Click project explorer->Add -> New Item-> Select Class (from middle panel), name the file name as Model.cs and add the below code. This is our Model class in WP7 project. This class will hold the parsed data.

public class Model
public string UserName { get; set; }
public string ImageSource { get; set; }
public DateTime PubDate { get; set; }
public string Author { get; set; }


The view is represented by a screen where we display the data. In our case we will display the Flickr thumbnail, title, author and the date in list view.

Qt Project (View.qml)

Lets add a QML file in the Qt project, Right Click project explorer->Add New-> QML (from left panel)-> QML File ( from right panel) , name the file name as View.qml and add the below code. This is our View class in Qt project. This class will display the Flickr data into the screen.

Component {
Item {
id: wrapper; width: wrapper.ListView.view.width; height: 86
Item {
id: moveMe
Rectangle { color: "black"; opacity: index % 2 ? 0.2 : 0.4; height: 84; width: wrapper.width; y: 1 }
Rectangle {
x: 6; y: 4; width: 49; height:49; color: "white"; smooth: true
Image { source: imagePath; x: 0; y: 0
width:49 }
Column {
x: 100; width: wrapper.ListView.view.width - 95; y: 15; spacing: 2
Text { text: title; color: "white"; width: parent.width; font.pixelSize: 14; font.bold: true; elide: Text.ElideRight; style: Text.Raised; styleColor: "black" }
Text { text: photoDate; width: parent.width; font.pixelSize: 14; elide: Text.ElideLeft; color: "#cccccc"; style: Text.Raised; styleColor: "black" }
Text { text: photoAuthor; width: parent.width; font.pixelSize: 14; elide: Text.ElideRight; color: "#cccccc"; style: Text.Raised; styleColor: "black" }

WP7 Project (MainPage.xaml)

In WP7 project XAML file represents the View of the application. So we will consider the default MainPage.xaml file to be the our View in this case. To display the Flick data onto the screen lets add the below code inside <Grid…> element in MainPage.xaml file

<!--ContentPanel - place additional content here-->
<Grid x:Name="ContentPanel" Grid.Row="1" Margin="12,0,12,0">
<ListBox Height="650" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Name="listBox1" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="456" >
<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" Height="132" >
<Image Source="{Binding ImageSource}" Height="73" Width="73" VerticalAlignment="Top" Margin="0,10,8,0"/>
<StackPanel Width="370">
<TextBlock Text="{Binding UserName}" Foreground="#FFC8AB14" FontSize="28" />
<TextBlock Text="{Binding Author}" TextWrapping="Wrap" FontSize="24" />
<TextBlock Text="{Binding PubDate}" TextWrapping="Wrap" FontSize="24" />


The Controller communicates with the front end of the Model and sends the data to View for loading.

Qt Project (Controller.qml)

Tipically Controller.qml is the main.qml in Qt project. I have just renamed the file and add some code in it. In Qt project first we have created one rectangle of specific height and width after that we have added the Model and ListView in it. This class first loads the data into Model and then display it in List View. This is the class which decides which Model to load and how the data should be displayed.

Rectangle {
id: mainwindow
width: 360//parent.width
height:640// parent.height
color: "green"
Text {
id: idText
text: qsTr("Flickr")
color: "black"
font.pixelSize: 31
font.bold: true;
style: Text.Normal;
styleColor: "white"
Model {id: feedModel}
ListView {
id: list
anchors.left : parent.left
anchors.right: parent.right
anchors.top : idText.bottom
width: mainwindow.width ; height: mainwindow.height
model: feedModel
delegate: View {}

WP7 Project (MainPage.xaml.cs)

For WP7 MainPage.xaml.cs is the controller class. Where it loads the data into Model class and then display the data in List View.

// Constructor
public MainPage()
WebClient webclient = new WebClient();
webclient.DownloadStringCompleted += new DownloadStringCompletedEventHandler(webclient_DownloadStringCompleted);
webclient.DownloadStringAsync(new Uri("http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?format=rss2")); // Flickr search
void webclient_DownloadStringCompleted(object sender, DownloadStringCompletedEventArgs e)
if (e.Error != null) {
// parsing Flickr
XElement Xml = XElement.Parse(e.Result);
XNamespace ns = "http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/"; // flilckr
listBox1.ItemsSource = from flickr in Xml.Descendants("item")
select new Model
ImageSource = flickr.Element(ns + "thumbnail").Attribute("url").Value,
UserName = flickr.Element("title").Value,
Author = flickr.Element("author").Value,
PubDate = DateTime.Parse(flickr.Element("pubDate").Value)

Source Code

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