Fast and easy GUI prototyping with Python

Fuzzyman fuzzyman at
Sat Jun 21 18:26:50 CEST 2008

On Jun 21, 1:36 pm, ero... at wrote:
> Which tools would you use? I want the interface design to be as easy
> and fast as possible, all ideology aside. I'm considering eitherIronPython+Visual Studio or Python+Qt -- but I'm open for other
> suggestions.
> Visual Studio seems to offer the easiest solution, but isIronPython
> stable enough? How easy is theIronPython/Visual Studi integration?
> What aboutIronPythonStudio?

IronPython 1 is very stable. IronPython 2 is still in beta.

The IronPython 1 and Visual Studio 2005 integration (via the SDK) is
pretty good. Personally I think IronPython Studio is a bit immature -
and I don't like the way it generates Python code anyway.

The Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio is pretty good.
Unfortunately better than most GUI designers available for other
Python compatible toolkits. I still don't like the designer for
creating UIs with fluid layouts - I don't think it handles them very

In my opinion, the best way to use the designer is to actually
generate C# rather than IronPython code. You can then subclass from
IronPython and implement the programmed behaviour - using the designer
only for the UI layout.

Windows Forms is very cross platform now with Mono. Mono now has full
coverage of the .NET 2.0 winforms APIs.

Michael Foord

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