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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

Creating our first chart

Now that we have all the required Python modules installed, we can create our own charts using Matplotlib.

We can create charts from only a few lines of Python code.

Getting ready

Successfully installing Matplotlib, as shown in the previous recipe, is a requirement for this recipe.

How to do it…

Using the minimum amount of code, as presented on the official Matplotlib website, we can create our first chart. Well, almost. The sample code shown on the website does not work until we import the show function from pylab and then call it:

We can simplify the code and even improve it by using another of the many examples provided on the official Matplotlib website. The pylab module comes with its own plotting function, so we do not need to import matplotlib, after all, if we wish to simplify the code:

How it works…

The Python Matplotlib module, combined with add-ons such as numpy, creates a very rich programming environment...