What does self.grid() do?

chuck charles.leviton at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 18:04:50 CET 2009

On Mar 3, 10:40 pm, Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch <bj_... at gmx.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Mar 2009 18:06:56 -0800, chuck wrote:
> > I am learning python right now.  In the lesson on tkinter I see this
> > piece of code
> > from Tkinter import *
> > class MyFrame(Frame):
> >    def __init__(self):
> >        Frame.__init__(self)
> >        self.grid()
> > My question is what does "self.grid()" do?  I understand that the grid
> > method registers widgets with the geometry manager and adds them to the
> > frame
> Not "the frame" but the container widget that is the parent of the widget
> on which you call `grid()`.  In this case that would be a (maybe
> implicitly created) `Tkinter.Tk` instance, because there is no explicit
> parent widget set here.  Which IMHO is not a good idea.
> And widgets that layout themselves in the `__init__()` are a code smell
> too.  No standard widget does this, and it takes away the flexibility of
> the code using that widget to decide how and where it should be placed.
> Ciao,
>         Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch

I think I understand what you're saying!
How would you recommend I go about this?  How do I create an explicit

What exactly is meant by "widgets that layout themselves"- what is the
right way to do this?


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