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Python GUI Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By : Burkhard Meier
Book Image

Python GUI Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By: Burkhard Meier

Overview of this book

Python is a multi-domain, interpreted programming language. It is a widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language. It is often used as a scripting language because of its forgiving syntax and compatibility with a wide variety of different eco-systems. Python GUI Programming Cookbook follows a task-based approach to help you create beautiful and very effective GUIs with the least amount of code necessary. This book will guide you through the very basics of creating a fully functional GUI in Python with only a few lines of code. Each and every recipe adds more widgets to the GUIs we are creating. While the cookbook recipes all stand on their own, there is a common theme running through all of them. As our GUIs keep expanding, using more and more widgets, we start to talk to networks, databases, and graphical libraries that greatly enhance our GUI’s functionality. This book is what you need to expand your knowledge on the subject of GUIs, and make sure you’re not missing out in the long run.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Using bitmaps to make our GUI pretty

This recipe was inspired by a wxPython IDE builder framework that, at some point in time, used to work. We will reuse a bitmap image from the large amount of code this project supplies.

The URL to the GitHub repository is


I was not able to recreate this IDE using Python 3.6. Yet it shows what is possible. If you are interested in developing a drag and drop IDE framework, you can help the entire Python Windows developer community (and compete with MS Visual Studio...) by making this code work on Python 3.6 and beyond.

Getting ready

We will continue using wxPython in this recipe, so reading at least parts of the previous chapter might be useful as a preparation for this recipe.

How to do it…

After reverse-engineering the gui2py code and making other changes to this code, we may achieve the following window widget, which displays a nice, tiled background:

Of course, we lost a lot of widgets refactoring...