About This Guide

Welcome to the QNX Software Development Platform is intended to introduce you to QNX SDP and the QNX Momentics Tool Suite, and help you start developing applications for the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

For information about installing QNX SDP, see the Installation Guide or the installation notes in the Download area of our website.

The following table may help you quickly find information in this guide:

For information about: See this chapter:
An overview of QNX SDP, other QNX products, target systems, and where to find information about licensing What is the QNX Software Development Platform?
the QNX Momentics Tool Suite Getting Started
Getting started with the documentation, technical support How to Get Help
Terms used in QNX documentation Glossary

Typographical conventions

Throughout this manual, we use certain typographical conventions to distinguish technical terms. In general, the conventions we use conform to those found in IEEE POSIX publications. The following table summarizes our conventions:

Reference Example
Code examples if( stream == NULL )
Command options -lR
Commands make
Environment variables PATH
File and pathnames /dev/null
Function names exit()
Keyboard chords Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Keyboard input something you type
Keyboard keys Enter
Program output login:
Programming constants NULL
Programming data types unsigned short
Programming literals 0xFF, "message string"
Variable names stdin
User-interface components Cancel

We use an arrow (→) in directions for accessing menu items, like this:

You'll find the Other... menu item under Perspective-->Show View.

We use notes, cautions, and warnings to highlight important messages:

Note: Notes point out something important or useful.

Caution: Cautions tell you about commands or procedures that may have unwanted or undesirable side effects.

WARNING: Warnings tell you about commands or procedures that could be dangerous to your files, your hardware, or even yourself.

Note to Windows users

In our documentation, we use a forward slash (/) as a delimiter in all pathnames, including those pointing to Windows files.

We also generally follow POSIX/UNIX filesystem conventions.

Navigation buttons

At the top and bottom of our HTML docs, you'll see some or all of these buttons:

Use this button: To move:
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Contents “Up” in the document:
  • In a prose book, this typically takes you to About This Guide.
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Keyword index To the keyword index.
Next To the next part of the document.

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