How come wxPython isn't in the standard library?

Steve Menard foo at
Sat Nov 6 06:15:14 CET 2004

BJörn Lindqvist wrote:
> See: especially:
> "wxPython is the best and most mature cross-platform GUI toolkit,
> given a number of constraints. The only reason wxPython isn't the
> standard Python GUI toolkit is that Tkinter was there first." - Guido
> van Rossum
> Guess, that answers my question, but isn't "Tkinter was there first" a
> very bad answer? :) It is kinda ugly too, so I wonder why it can't be
> replaced? Or maybe another GUI library could complement it. IMHO,
> having a good GUI library in the stdlib would make distributing GUI
> apps much easier. Windows users (and many Linux users) doesn't like
> searching the net to find and download lots of dependancies.

I haven't used WxPython for a little while, but not long ago (less than 
a year) it was dreadfully easy to crash a program if even a little 
mistake happened. Add to that that WxPython prigram will silently eat 
any unexpected exceptions, and you get a very hard to debug situation.

For me, this would sisqualify wxPython as a standard Library component.


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