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

Lukáš Duběda loocas at duber.cz
Wed Feb 3 00:41:22 CET 2010

Thanks a lot for the recommendation,

I've installed the SharpCode and it seems quite useful. It presents
a little inconvenience, but I'm not sure if it's my lack of knowledge
or something else, but when I design the UI, the SharpCode puts
the whole path to each of the control:


someControl = System.Drawing.etcEtc

which IronPython then throws an error on, saying that the "System"
hasn't been declared and thus doesn't exist.

I had to remove the whole path from the controls' name in order to
make it run in IronPython. But then the visual designer stopped
working :D as it requires the full path to the controls, for some

Anyways, thanks a lot for the tip!

Lukáš Duběda
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Michael Foord wrote:
> 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... :-)
> Michael
>> 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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