[IronPython] A good dotNET gui designer, plus IronPython VS2008 integration?

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Tue Feb 2 23:50:58 CET 2010

On 02/02/2010 21:08, Brian Curtin wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 15:00, Lukáš Duběda <loocas at duber.cz 
> <mailto:loocas at duber.cz>> wrote:
>     Hi there everybody,
>     I'd really appretiate if anyone could share their experience
>     with any good dotNET GUI designer. I'd love to have such
>     functionality I can get out of QtDesigner, where I visually
>     design my forms and buttons and what not and then just save
>     that GUI into a file or generate a usable Python code
>     out of it for my scripts.
>     And another question, is there any good integration of IronPython
>     into Visual Studio 2008? Or newer? I'm not a VS user, but since
>     we can get the VS Express for free, this'd be a valuable tool
>     for my IronPython programming.
>     Thanks a lot in advnace, cheers,
> I don't have a lot of experience with it, but Sharp Develop 
> (http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/) supports IronPython, and 
> may be worth a look. Others have reported success.
> If you do look into Visual Studio, you can write GUI code in C# using 
> the Visual Studio designer, then subclass it from Python code.

This is the approach I usually recommend. The only thing you miss out on 
is hooking up your events from the designer - but if you're doing TDD 
then you'll want to write your tests first anyway... :-)


> You can even, with a little modification, design GUIs in C# in Visual 
> Studio and copy/paste the C# code into a Python file and run with it. 
> You'll need to convert things like true/false to True/False, null to 
> None, etc...but with a little effort it works :)
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