A little bit else I would like to discuss

Simon Hibbs simon.hibbs at gmail.com
Sat Feb 14 00:16:56 CET 2009

On 13 Feb, 02:53, azrael <jura.gro... at gmail.com> wrote:

> All I hear when I talk to people who own or eork in SW companies is
> "Python? Isn't that that small scripting language. This will never
> bring a real application." I am tired of hearing this. Even Microsoft
> implemented Python. Only because the GUI building I am thinking about
> of moving to IronPython. But this great comunity holds me bac on
> CPython.

I don't agree at all that Python can't compete with Visual Studio for
GUI development. There are Python modules for Eclipse if you need an
enterprise class IDE. For GUI design the PyQT GUI toolkit includes QT
Designer - a fully featured graphical GUI builder every bit as capable
as the one in Visual Studio. In fact I much prefer working in QT
Designer for GUI layout, the Signals/Slots model for hooking up to the
application  logic is just so much more elegant and robust.

If Eclipse is a bit heavyweight for you, and you're after a Pyhton
equivalent to VB, I can't recommend Eric enough. It's a Python IDE
written in Python using the PyQT toolkit, and integrates directly with
QTDesigner. IMHO it's far superior to anything Microsoft has to offer,
with full native support for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

The only fly in the ointment in licensing. The QT toolkit will be
fully GPL and LGPL from version 4.4, but PyQT itself has a dual GPL/
commercial licensing structure. Still, it's relatively cheap and well
worth it if you're goingt to do commercial development.

Simon Hibbs

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