[Tutor] Choice of GUI builders

Roy Chen roychenlei at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 04:28:39 CET 2008

Thanks, that certainly looks interesting and I'll give it a try. Perhaps
it's a little too much work for what I have in mind, but definitely
something useful to learn in the long run.

Best regards,

On Jan 2, 2008 11:56 PM, Michael Langford <mlangford.cs03 at gtalumni.org>

> While some people are Adobe haters("They hate the web...etc"), I think
> a slick alternative available now is Flex2 calling python via XMLRPC.
> I've been doing so lately. It is fast to pick up and makes slick
> looking GUI's rather quickly. It has a cheap GUI builder that actually
> works if you don't feel like just typing out MXML files. You can use
> Apollo to do desktop apps and just Flex to do web apps, and all the
> controls are the same. (The difference is a build setting and a change
> to a couple tags, and voila, desktop app is on the web or vice versa).
> Bruce Eckel (the thinking in Java Guy) has written an article on this
> Approach: http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=208528
> The ActionScript module I'm currently using for XMLRPC:
> http://code.google.com/p/as3python-xmlrpc-lib/
> You don't really need to know any ActionScript to do this. Very little
> is required to marshal data in and out of the controls. Other then
> that, everything is python!
> Flex is open source now, so you even have that going for you. And it's
> actively maintained (and updated) by Adobe. The install on a client
> computer is easier than with wxPython as the GUI toolkit, and I've
> done several wxPython apps that needed installers. The python back end
> to all this is SimpleXMLRPCServer, which is also, very easy to use.
> Exceptions even work well (a big surprise for me). And the fact this
> approach is cross platform, for "platform" being defined as Windows,
> Linux, Mac, Firefox, IE6, IE7 and Opera, makes this a great choice for
> a easy UI toolkit.
>         --Michael
> On Jan 2, 2008 9:08 AM, Roy Chen <roychenlei at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I've been using PythonCard to build a GUI for a simple program I'm
> trying to write. It's simple and easy to use, and rather intuitive.
> >
> > However, it seems that it hasn't been updated in some time, and so I
> would like a recommendation for a cross-platform (preferably) GUI builder.
> I'm leaning towards wxPython so far (it's had a recent release just a month
> or so ago), but if anyone has any suggestions, that'd be great.
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Roy Chen
> >
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