PyGUI as a standard GUI API for Python?

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Wed Sep 3 18:57:38 CEST 2008

Michael Palmer schrieb:
> As anyone knows, the state of Python GUI programming is a little
> fractured at this time, with many toolkits, wrappers and meta-wrappers
> dead and alive, with or without documentation.
> I've come across two projects that have the appeal of striving for
> simple, pythonic APIs: PyGUI and wax.  The latter is a wrapper around
> wxPython. It is  lacking documentation but actually quite usable and
> concise. The other, PyGUI, has an even nicer API and more docs but has
> relatively few widgets implemented at this time. It also strives for
> compatibility with several toolkits (two at this time), which I think
> is the right idea.

I disagree with that. Meta-wrappers like this will always suffer from 
problems, as they have difficulties providing a consistent api. For 
example wx is said to be very windows-toolkit-centric in it's API. Yes I 
know that it works under Linux with GTK, but it does not come as natural .

> So far, development of PyGUI seems to be a one-man effort, and it may
> be slowed down by the attempt to develop the API and the
> implementations concurrently. Could it be useful to uncouple the two,
> such that the API would be specified ahead of the implementation? This
> might make it easier for people to contribute implementation code and
> maybe port the API to additional toolkits. It seems that this approach
> has been quite successful in case of the Python database API. That API
> defines levels of compliance, which might be a way of accommodating
> different GUI toolkits as well.
> I may be underestimating the difficulties of my proposed approach - I
> don't have much practical experience with GUI programming myself.

I think you do. The reason for the various toolkits is not because of 
python - it's the proliferation of toolkits that exist out there. As 
long as none of these is "the winner" (and it doesn't look is if that's 
to happen soon), I doubt that one API to rule them all will exist - they 
all have their different strengths and weaknesses, and a python-API 
should reflect these.


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