[Edu-sig] IDE for GUI development in Python
macquigg at ece.arizona.edu
Tue Aug 12 05:32:34 CEST 2008
At 07:28 PM 8/10/2008 -0700, kirby urner wrote:
>Learning GUI programming fundamentals is best accomplished with a
>straight text editor IMO (vim, scintilla, whatever).
I'll second that. Learn just a few simple widgets in Tk. It's not that much typing. I've also used BlackAdder and Qt (years ago). BlackAdder was a mess. Qt has more polish than Tk, but the detail can be overwhelming for students.
Don't forget IDLE, the built-in editor for Python. Superb! The only problem is if your GUI uses an event loop, there will be a conflict when you run it from IDLE, which also uses Tk event loops. Just run your GUI app from a command line instead of the Run command in IDLE, and things should be OK.
>Dragging and dropping widgets from a tools palette is convenient, but
>not the best way to learn GUI programming, as such IDEs tend to
>insulate from the details, not teach them -- why VB in general is not
>a good learning environment, a common mistake many schools make.
>John Zelle's book using Tk is a good one.
>2008/8/10 Matt K <matt.kameron at gmail.com>:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm looking at using a GUI IDE for helping my high school students to learn
>> GUI programming. The kind of interface which Visual Basic offers... but in
>> I've found Blackadder so far, but its not free (or finished!) Do any of you
>> have any (ideally free) suggestions?
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