Python GUI app to impress the boss?

Alan James Salmoni salmonia.nospam.please at cardiff.ac.uk
Wed Sep 18 14:07:29 CEST 2002


Lee,

I don't know if this is the kind of thing you are looking for, but I've 
written an application for statistical analysis (the scientific kind) 
which is available for download from http://salstat.sunsite.dk 
(screenshots are available too). It's GPL'd, but rather new so there are 
still some rough edges. The GUI was written using wxPython (absolutely 
fantastic IMHO - the learning curve is a bit steep to begin with, but 
shallows extremely quickly). Features:

* A spreadsheet like grid for data entry/display
* A html display window for the output of the analysis and the online 
help pages
* Custom dialog boxes for each set of analyses
* Standard dialogs (file open/save and font choser)
* The GUI took a few weeks to write part-time and that was from scratch 
while learning wxPython. And I'm a psychologist, not a programmer, which 
means you will probably be up to speed in much less time ;).
* A windows installer containing all the required program (ie, non-icon 
or help) files for a Windows box in one file (using the McMillan installer)
* Cross-platform capability - Windows, Linux and OSX (the OSX wasn't 
even planned - it just happened to work!)

Have fun!

Alan.

Lee Gray wrote:
> I'm a fairly new programmer with experience in ASP/VBScript/DHTML.
> Other than small utilities, so far I've mostly written ASP apps to
> talk to an Oracle database on HP/UX, with Windows NT/2000 clients, and
> I've done maintenance work on VB and Oracle Forms apps.
> 
> We're currently looking at .Net, and I'm not very impressed, for a
> variety of reasons. A little research makes me feel that either Java
> or Python would be a good alternative, and given my level of
> experience, I'd much prefer Python over Java.  I *think* I could
> actually get up to speed faster with Python than with VB and ASP.Net,
> in spite of my ASP/VBS experience.
> 
> My boss is pretty open-minded, but also needs to see something working
> to be convinced Python is even a viable platform (he had never heard
> of it).  Otherwise, .Net is a given, whether it's any good or not,
> since corporate is MS all the way.
> 
> Can someone point me to a good Python GUI app to demonstrate (other
> than IDLE)?
> 
> It may very well be that .Net is best for me/us, but from what I've
> seen of Python, I *really* like the language and I'd at least like to
> see a good demonstration of a full-blown app before ruling it out.
> (Something along the lines of what I mentioned above would be ideal,
> but not a necessity.)
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Lee Gray




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