Wheel-reinvention with Python

phil hunt zen19725 at zen.co.uk
Mon Aug 1 09:55:43 CEST 2005


On 31 Jul 2005 10:07:52 -0700, Kay Schluehr <kay.schluehr at gmx.net> wrote:
>
>Ed Leafe wrote:
>> On Sunday 31 July 2005 01:02, phil hunt wrote:
>>
>> > You mightn't have, but I suspect more Python programers who've
>> > written GUI apps have used Tkinter than any of the other APIs.
>> >
>> > Not that I'm a particular fan of it, it's just I like
>> > standardisation, because then you get network effects.
>>
>>  At PyCon DC 2004, Guido was asked about wxPython: "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."
>
>Maybe. But Guidos intention with Python was to create a secondary
>language originally - an extension language of C - ( unlike Java that
>was concepted as a radically platform independent language and a
>successor of C++ ).

These days you can almost think of C++ as a secondary language to 
Python: code the app in Python and then optimise by recoding the 
bits that need speed in C++.

>Some other people already abandoned Python not for the worst reasons:
>
>http://www.kevin-walzer.com/pivot/entry.php?id=69
>
>My objection with wrappers around wrappers around wrappers is that I
>have no hope ever watching the ground. If some error occurs, which
>layer has to be addressed?

Good point.


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