[Tutor] gui questions
Thu, 28 Feb 2002 10:55:48 -0000
> ... I want to use some sort of gui. Would it be
> better for me to start out using curses or tkinter?
Of those two I'd go with Tkinter. For a start curses is
a primitive (albeit useful) way of providing GUI like
facilities on a text terminal - its not a real GUI.
> ... Would wxpython be a choice also, or is it very
> much harder?
Personally I find it harder, but it does go further in
that it has a richer widget set and some people prefer
its look. Tkinter has nmore beginners documentation but
if you already know C++ then wxWindows is adequately
documented. If you don't read C++ then I'd say learn
You can quickly compare by running through my tutor's
GUI page which shows Tkinter then concludes with the
same program in wxPython - they are not much different
- in fact they have exactly the same number of lines!
> Also, should I start writing my program for the gui
> from the start or write the basic functionality and
> a simpler interface then add the gui
I always try to do a command line version first so that
I concentrate on the function rather than the cosmetics.
This usually leads to a more reusable solution too as it
separates the function from the display - A Good Thing(TM)
See the Case Study on my tutor for an example of how that
can be done...
Author of the 'Learning to Program' web site
( Who got himself suspended from the mailing list for
some reason and only realised yesterday...)