So you think PythonCard is old? Here's new wine in an old bottle.

Daniel Fetchinson fetchinson at googlemail.com
Sat Apr 26 19:05:36 CEST 2008


>
> For serveral years, I have been looking for a way to migrate away from
> desktop GUI/client-server programming onto the browser based network
> computing model of programming.  Unfortunately, up until recently,
> browser based programs are very limited - due to the limitation of
> HTML itself.  Eventhough PythonCard hasn't keep up with the latest
> widgets in wxpython, the programs so created still works a lot better
> - until now.
>
> If you look at programs at some of the major sites these days - like
> Google calendar, Netflix, blockbuster, and so forth - you would
> undoubtedly notice that the quality of the programs are pretty much at
> par with the desktop programs we use everyday.  Since the curious mind
> wanted to know how these programs are done, I started investigating
> and found out that what a difference a few years have made to
> Javascript - the once much hated beast of the Internet age - and
> during my search for perfection, I found Qooxdoo (http://
> qooxdoo.org/).
>
> Qooxdoo is a Javascript toolkit that sits on top of Ajax.  Take a look
> at some of the *impressive* widgets
> at http://demo.qooxdoo.org/current/showcase/#Form.
>
> So, what's that got to do with Pythoncard?  Read on.
>
> After trying for a few days learning Qooxdoo, my head really really
> hurts.  Getting too old to learn this stuff, I was mumbling.
>
> Then I looked some more.  I found QxTransformer (http://
> sites.google.com/a/qxtransformer.org/qxtransformer/Home) which is a
> XSLT toolkit that creats XML code that invoke qooxdoo.
>
> So, what's that got to do with Pythoncard?  Read on.
>
> After trying for a few days learning QxTransformer, my head really
> really hurts.  Getting too old to learn
> this stuff, I was mumbling.
>
> I want Pythoncard.
>
> Damn Pythoncard!  Once you got hooked, everything else looks
> impossibly complicated and unproductive.
>
> But then I looked closer.  It turns out the XML file created by
> QxTransformer is *very* similar in structure when compared to the
> resource files used in PythonCard.  Since there are no GUI builders
> for QxTransformer, and I can't affort to buy the one for Qooxdoo
> (Java!  Yuk!), I decided to roll up my sleeves, took the Pythoncard's
> Layout Manager and modified it and created my own "Poor Man's Qooxdoo
> GUI Layout Designer".
>
> The result?  See the partially completed application at:
>
> http://test.powersystemadvisors.com/
>
> and the same application running from the desktop:
>
> http://test.powersystemadvisors.com/desktopHelloWorld.jpg
>
> It shouldn't be long before I can fill in the gaps and have the GUI
> builder maps the rest of the Pythoncard widgets to Qooxdoo widgets.
> Once I've done that, I can have the same application running from the
> desktop, or from the browser.  And it shouldn't take more than minutes
> to create such applications.
>
> Welcome to the modernized world of Pythoncard!!!



Any reason you chose qooxdoo over ext.js?

Cheers,
Daniel
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