[Newbie] Opinions on GUI and distribution
exarkun at intarweb.us
Fri Apr 4 22:45:14 CEST 2003
On Fri, Apr 04, 2003 at 09:32:20PM +0200, Jane Doe wrote:
> I'd like to check if Python is a viable alternative to
> VisualBasic to develop stand-alone apps for Windows, and I did read
> the archives and stuff on the Web about those issues but... I'd like
> some feedback from people experienced with this kind of developement.
> 1. How easy is it to build and deploy Python apps on hosts that either
> have nothing pre-installed (ei. Python itself, the GUI framework, and
> my scripts), or need some updates (ie. my scripts in a newer version)?
Easy. Distutils, py2exe, McMillian Installer, and several others give you
a wide variety of installation approaches.
> 2. Are the GUI frameworks currently available (win32all as part of
> ActivePython, wxWindows, PyGTK, PythonQT, etc.) really good enough to
> build professional applications?
Some of them are, certainly. I think that this is an area where the
differences tend to come down mainly to personal taste.
> 3. What about performance as compared to VB, VC++ or PowerBasic?
Hard to answer this one. Python is "fast enough" for almost all
programming tasks. When it's not, extension modules which are
native-compiled can be written and used. Bottom line, I doubt you'll find
an application for which Python's runtime performance disqualifies it as a
possible implementation language.
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