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Python GUI programming with Tkinter

By : Alan D. Moore
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Python GUI programming with Tkinter

By: Alan D. Moore

Overview of this book

Tkinter is a lightweight, portable, and easy-to-use graphical toolkit available in the Python Standard Library, widely used to build Python GUIs due to its simplicity and availability. This book teaches you to design and build graphical user interfaces that are functional, appealing, and user-friendly using the powerful combination of Python and Tkinter. After being introduced to Tkinter, you will be guided step-by-step through the application development process. Over the course of the book, your application will evolve from a simple data-entry form to a complex data management and visualization tool while maintaining a clean and robust design. In addition to building the GUI, you'll learn how to connect to external databases and network resources, test your code to avoid errors, and maximize performance using asynchronous programming. You'll make the most of Tkinter's cross-platform availability by learning how to maintain compatibility, mimic platform-native look and feel, and build executables for deployment across popular computing platforms. By the end of this book, you will have the skills and confidence to design and build powerful high-end GUI applications to solve real-world problems.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Evaluating our technology choices

Our first implementation of the design will be a very simple application that delivers the core functionality of the specification and little else. This is known as a minimum viable product or MVP. Once we've established an MVP, we'll have a better understanding of how to develop it into a final product.

Before we get to that, let's take a moment to evaluate our technology choices.

Choosing a technology

Naturally, we're going to build this form using Python and Tkinter. However, it's worth asking whether Tkinter is really a good choice of technology for the application. We need to take the following things into consideration when choosing the GUI toolkit used to implement this form:

  • Your current expertise and knowledge: Your expertise is in Python, but you have little experience in creating GUIs. For the fastest time to deliver, you need an option that works well with Python and isn't complicated to learn. You also want something established and stable, as you...