Wheel-reinvention with Python
mark at markroseman.com
Mon Aug 1 15:26:55 EDT 2005
> How can I embed a browser in Tk (I mean a real browser, like Mozilla,
> Safari, or even Exploder)? At all? On any platform? This has always
> been the tradeoff for Tk.
Try this as one example:
> Tk is great for learning, easy to write small, basic interfaces, less
> great for deploying real world apps with sophisticated interfaces. I've
> often felt that Tk was the VB of GUI toolkits: terrific for knocking out
> simple stuff, but starts to bite you in the *** when you try to do the
> hard stuff. wxPython is the opposite: it has a steeper learning curve,
> but once you know it, you can do amazing things. For me, the long term
> benefits are far more important to me than how low the startup costs
I'd respectfully disagree (having done large, real-world Tk apps).
You're right that Tk has a slow learning curve, which makes it easy to
knock out simple interfaces really quickly - and generally ones that are
not too impressive looking. You can do more sophisticated ones, and
ones that blend properly into the platforms you're working on - however,
the amount of effort and learning curve increase substantially. This is
because you end up needing to do a lot more fiddling, looking at or
using any of a large number of add-on packages, etc.).
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