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Tkinter GUI Application Development Blueprints

By : Bhaskar Chaudhary
Book Image

Tkinter GUI Application Development Blueprints

By: Bhaskar Chaudhary

Overview of this book

Tkinter is the built-in GUI package that comes with standard Python distributions. It is a cross-platform package, which means you build once and deploy everywhere. It is simple to use and intuitive in nature, making it suitable for programmers and non-programmers alike. This book will help you master the art of GUI programming. It delivers the bigger picture of GUI programming by building real-world, productive, and fun applications such as a text editor, drum machine, game of chess, media player, drawing application, chat application, screen saver, port scanner, and many more. In every project, you will build on the skills acquired in the previous project and gain more expertise. You will learn to write multithreaded programs, network programs, database driven programs and more. You will also get to know the modern best practices involved in writing GUI apps. With its rich source of sample code, you can build upon the knowledge gained with this book and use it in your own projects in the discipline of your choice.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Tkinter GUI Application Development Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 4. A Game of Chess

Let's build a game of chess in Tkinter. If you already know the basic rules of chess, you are ready to write this program. However, in case you do not know the rules, you should read them before you start programming this application.

Some of the key objectives of this chapter are as follows:

  • Learning how to structure a program in a Model-View-Controller architecture

  • Learning how to tame complexity by implementing programs in a modular structure

  • Taking a look at the versatility and power of the Tkinter Canvas widget

  • Learning the basic usage of canvas coordinates, object IDs, and tags

  • Learning the recommended error handling practices

  • Learning how to extend Python's built-in data types

  • Using object inheritance to code classes with similar attributes and behavior

  • Using Python's built-in configparser module to store program preferences

  • Getting acquainted with several Python modules that you will often use in a variety of application development projects