[PythonCE] Usefulness of Python CE and GUI ideas

Aaron reic0024@d.umn.edu
Thu, 11 Jul 2002 11:16:19 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)


Hello everyone!

Well, for the entire month of July so far, there's been one post.  I
suppose there's not much interest in Python on CE/PocketPC, or you are all
just so busy writing code. :)

I'm wondering about the usefulness of PythonCE for creating PocketPC/WinCE
apps.  Has anyone created a more or less full, with GUI, app in PythonCE?

I'm currently working on my own full PDA OS/environment called Dynapad
(http://dynapad.swiki.net/1) written in Squeak Smalltalk. Until Dynapad
does everything I expect from a PDA environment, and does it well, I'll be
sticking with Windows CE.  So in the meantime, I'm trying to find the best
way to develop more or less full apps on the iPAQ itself.

For those of you who are interested, I've a pda up dedicated to PDA hosted
languages, http://dynapad.swiki.net/11 .  Thus far, I've been using
Smalltalk and Perl + Tk.  Perl/Tk is quite horrible, it has pretty huge
memory requirements.  I imagine, unfortunately, that Python and Ruby are
pretty much the same way.  Squeak has been working out quite well, and I
choose it because it was the most practical.  However, it doesn't
integrate with the rest of the WinCE environment, so it's somewhat
all-or-nothing.

Another idea is that one could use NSBasic for the GUI, and use a COM SOAP
component for PocketPC (which exist!) to call a Smalltalk, Perl, Python or
whatever server to do the real work.  I imagine Pocket-C can probably
call COM components as well- there's also a form builder for PocketC.

Regards,
Aaron