GUIs: wxPython vs. Tkinter (and others)
spam at nospam.org
Sat Dec 11 02:08:10 CET 2004
I am looking for some input on GUI libraries. I want to build a
Python-driven GUI, but don't really understand the playing field very well.
I have generally heard good things about wxPython. I happen to already own
John Grayson's book about Tkinter programming, so that is rather handy if I
decide to use Tkinter. I have done some things slightly more involved than
"Hello World" in Tkinter - I have never used wxPython. So, basically the
points I am looking to have illuminated are:
o What features does wxPython offer that Tkinter cannot (and vice
o Is the general programming methodology pretty much the same between
the two (e.g., the general program structure - using callbacks & Frames,
etc. is the same, it's just a question of calling different widgets with
their own arguments)?
o Do you have a strong preference for one over the other (or some other
o Are there any platform and/or performance issues I should be aware of?
o Is animation and graphics particularly better suited to one over the
o Other important contrasts/similarities I should be aware of?
So... I know this question must come up fairly often. I did do a search
for "wxPython" and "Tkinter" - of the articles I currently have visibility
of, I saw one bug in wxPython discussed and nothing about Tkinter. Anything
else than can contribute to a "bird's eye view" understanding of the two (or
other) toolkits would be appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
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