[Baypiggies] Any urwid users?

Keith Dart keith at dartworks.biz
Sat Nov 17 00:47:34 CET 2012

On Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:18:45 -0800
Ian Zimmerman <itz at buug.org> wrote:

> Keith> Hello baypiggies, Just curious, do any of you, or have any of
> Keith> you, used the urwid console UI toolkit?
> Keith> I've started using it. The results can look pretty nice, but I
> Keith> found it to be a hair-pulling exercise to get everything
> Keith> working right.
> I have not used it as a coder.  I have seen it in action in the curses
> interface to wicd, the simple network manager.  It was pretty
> disappointing actually, both standing on its own (multiple widgets
> broken, some in dangerously subtle ways) and compared to the gtk
> interface.  This may be a consequence of the hair-pulling.
> I would definitely look for an alternative first.

Well, there really isn't much of an alternative. Actually it's ok once
you get your brain around it. It's a bit different than most. Actually
it's a rather low-level toolkit. It mostly handles resizable
containers for you, but you still have to do a lot of low-level widget
writing to do something useful. Newest version adds signal system,
making it more like GUI programming, but for the console. 


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