[Tkinter-discuss] confused on grid positioning vs. imports

Cameron Laird Cameron at phaseit.net
Fri Mar 8 15:02:54 CET 2013

On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 at 05:54:57AM -0600, Bryan Oakley wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM, Monte Milanuk <memilanuk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So... I've been tinkering with python and Tkinter and ttk a bit lately, and
> > because I've been using pylint which complains a lot if I do a wildcard
> > import like I see in many (most?) Tkinter tutorials i.e.
> >
> > from Tkinter import *
> > from ttk import *
> The tutorials are all wrong.
> My advice:
> Always do it this way:
>     import Tkinter as tk
>     import ttk
> There! Now there's no global namespace pollution, and everything's
> accessible. Plus, it becomes immediately clear whether you're using
> ttk widgets or tkinter widgets: ttk..Button(...) or tk.Button(...).
> Your code becomes more self documenting. Also, if you switch to
> python3 you have to change just the imports and everything should
> continue to work.
> As for the constants, with this scheme you would use tk.BOTH, etc.
> Personally I'm in favor of never using the constants; I see no value
> in them. These things truly are constants in the underlying tk
> plumbing, so you can just use the literal string "both', "n", etc
> rather than the constants. There's simply no need to use a constant
> named BOTH when you can use "both".  Plus, isn't "nsew" better than
> N+S+E+W?
Me, too.

As much as I favor brevity, I have been consistent in my
career in eschewing "from Tkinter import *" in favor of
"import Tkinter ...", even though that--or because!--re-
sults in the need to qualify references.  My experience
is that the source code which follows, and the maintain-
ers who read it, are happier.

I so strongly believe this that I'm tempted to initiate
a project to reform, or at least counteract, the "many
(most?) Tkinter tutorials".  

[The problem is that following through would mean more
neglect of PyPDF2 and ..., where I'm *really* needed.]

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