using import * with GUIs?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Wed May 31 15:42:13 EDT 2006

"John Salerno" <johnjsal at> wrote in message 
news:R2mfg.2200$No6.47332 at
> Hi all. Quick question (but aren't they all?) :)
> Do you think it's a good idea to use the 'from <name> import *'
> statement when using a GUI module? It seems on wxPython's site, they
> recommend using import wx nowadays, but I wonder if that advice is
> followed. Also, I'm still reading some Tkinter docs that seem to use
> 'from Tkinter import *' a lot.
> I understand the danger of doing this, but is it safer in these cases,
> given the more specific names that GUI frameworks tend to use
> (sometimes!)? Or should you still qualify all your calls with the module?

If I were to use Tkinter, I would 'import Tkinter as tk'. 

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