python with Java API

Steve Menard steve.menard at videotron.ca
Wed Jun 16 04:17:38 CEST 2004


Brendan J Simon wrote:
> I know very little about Java at this stage and I know basically nothing 
> about Swing.  I'm searching the web to find more information.  In the 
> meantime I was wondering what the pros and cons of using Swing as 
> apposed to wxPython as a GUI.  My experience with wxPython is positive. 
>  I like the way it is implemented and the GUI widgets seem very good and 
> have a native OS look and feel.
> 
> Many thanks,
> Brendan Simon.
> 
> 
> ellisjb at my-deja.com wrote:
> 
>> I would drop the wxPython idea and go with Swing, either with straight
>> Java or Jython.  Doesn't sound like you have a compelling reason to add
>> the extra complication of another set of dependencies; Swing is a quite
>> capable toolkit (and far better documented than wxPython).
>>
>> -Jonathan
>>
>> Brendan J Simon wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I have a Java application from a company.  They also provide an API
>>
>>
>> in
>>
>>> C++ (MSW platforms only) and Java (for all platforms) for developers
>>> that want to create their own front end.  I want to use wxPython to
>>> create a decent Unix opensource frontend.
>>>
>>> Is it possible to Interface python to a java application easily ???
>>>
>>> Assuming yes to above, would something like Jython or SWIG or some
>>
>>
>> other
>>
>>> tool be required.
>>>
>>> Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>> Brendan Simon.
>>
>>
>>

If I can interject my 2 cents here ...

I have done extensive work with Swing. I havealso dabbled with wxPtyhon 
... and to me, there is no competition. Swing just seems more logical 
(to me). There is also a TON of resource on the web to help you along.

I you want absolute adherence to native look and feel, you can also look 
at SWT ( www.eclipse.org ). It is an alternative to SWING that is 
getting quite popular. Though not as powerful as SWING, it is more 
lightweight and thus faster.

Lastly, if you want most of the power of python, and none of the 
headache of interfacing python to Java, take a look at groovy ( 
http://groovy.codehaus.org/ ).

Have fun,

Steve



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