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Is external C++ plug-in support available for QGIS?

I'm having a really hard time getting started here. I followed the doc here: http://download.osgeo.org/qgis/doc/manual/qgis-1.1.0_coding-compilation_guide_en.pdf

But that's fairly outdated. I was able to compile and link, but the plugin isn't being brought into QGIS - so I'm wondering if that tutorial is out of date.

When I go to the wiki page at QGIS's website - they reference a VERY outdated page that is identified as obsolete: http://hub.qgis.org/wiki/quantum-gis/Writing_C++_Plugins

I can't seem to find a current tutorial that describes C++ plugin support for QGIS 1.8 (or any version close to it). I realize Python is more pervasive, but at this point we have specific needs that are supported via C++.

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There's a new Writing C++ plugins page though it's rather sparse. According to @underdark

C++ plugins are not obsolete per se, but most documentation effort has been put into Python plugins. C++ still has it's place for performance critical things and functionality that is supposed to be merged into QGIS core. – underdark♦ Oct 20 '11 at 14:03

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That is REALLY lacking. I'll continue forward for now - maybe I'll update that page as I go along too. Disappointing, because Python sucks. –  Jmoney38 Sep 25 '12 at 11:46
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