[python-uk] Python Programming on Win32

Toby Watson toby at thetobe.com
Tue Mar 2 09:24:37 EST 2004


Hmmm. I don't actually think the book is that out of date. Lots of the 
stuff about Mark Hammond's Win32 extensions is still relevant.

However I would say that it is missing coverage in some places. I find 
wxPython easier and of course more portable than developing Win32 apps 
with the procedural Win32 API or PythonWin.

ctypes should be included in any revision. It's really cool for 
accessing all odd Windows APIs that no one has wrappered yet. You can 
also access COM frameworks that don't support automation with some 
effort, like DirectShow for example.

It depends what you want to do really, doesn't it always?

I guess if you had specific lines of enquiry the list would be glad to 


On Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at 02:16  pm, Francis Moore wrote:

> Hi,
> I recently went into a bookshop in London (Blackwell's Charing X Road)
> to look through 'Python Programming on Win32' by Mark Hammond and
> Andy Robinson. Couldn't find it so asked an assistant whether it was
> in stock or due to be ordered in. He looked it up on his screen and 
> then
> remarked that they probably wouldn't bother getting it in unless I
> specifically ordered it as it was 4 years old and probably out of date.
> So my question is, can anyone on this list actually recommend/not
> recommend this book?
> If not, are there any alternative references to help develop Python 
> code
> on Windows
> platforms?
> Cheers,
> Francis.
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