Everything good about Python except GUI IDE?
bc at freeuk.com
Sun Feb 28 07:38:17 EST 2016
On 28/02/2016 06:34, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> GUI elements are by definition graphical in nature, and like other graphical
> elements, manipulation by hand is superior to command-based manipulation.
> Graphical interfaces for manipulating graphics have won the UI war so
> effectively that some people have forgotten there ever was a war. Can you
> imagine using Photoshop without drag and drop?
> And yet programming those graphical interfaces is an exception. There, with
> very few exceptions, we still *require* a command interface. Not just a
> command interface, but an *off-line* command interface, where you batch up
> all your commands then run them at once, as if we were Neanderthals living
> in a cave.
You've got that back to front.
It's the GUI users who are the Neanderthals, having to effectively point
at things with sticks. Or have to physically move that rock themselves
(ie. drag a file to a wastebasket).
More advanced uses have the power of language, with all its
sophistications (ie. commands lines and scripting). And they don't need
to move that rock, they can tell someone else to do it! But with far
more control: all rocks of a certain size and colour, and at sunrise
Some things are just more easily described with a script or formula or
algorithm which is then 'rendered' to produce the result. Not quite
right? Change one parameter to re-render to instantly produce a new
version, that would have taken minutes or hours to do manually.
> An effective and modern GUI builder UI should be programmable without
> requiring programming. About thirty years ago Apple came up with the ideal
> mix of graphical and programmatic development for its Hypercard product.
> You built applications by dragging and dropping widgets on the screen, or
> by copying and pasting them from a library of pre-made widgets.
You have to give someone some shopping to do. What's quicker, jotting
down a list of milk, bread, eggs and so on, or invoking some GUI program
where you have to first look for each category, then have to choose the
exact subcategory, size, quantity...
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