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Python GUI Programming Cookbook. - Third Edition

By : Burkhard Meier
Book Image

Python GUI Programming Cookbook. - Third Edition

By: Burkhard Meier

Overview of this book

Python is a multi-domain, interpreted programming language that is easy to learn and implement. With its wide support for frameworks to develop GUIs, you can build interactive and beautiful GUI-based applications easily using Python. This third edition of Python GUI Programming Cookbook follows a task-based approach to help you create effective GUIs with the smallest amount of code. Every recipe in this book builds upon the last to create an entire, real-life GUI application. These recipes also help you solve problems that you might encounter while developing GUIs. This book mainly focuses on using Python’s built-in tkinter GUI framework. You'll learn how to create GUIs in Python using simple programming styles and object-oriented programming (OOP). As you add more widgets and expand your GUI, you will learn how to connect to networks, databases, and graphical libraries that greatly enhance the functionality of your GUI. You’ll also learn how to use threading to ensure that your GUI doesn't become unresponsive. Toward the end, you’ll learn about the versatile PyQt GUI framework, which comes along with its own visual editor that allows you to design GUIs using drag and drop features. By the end of the book, you’ll be an expert in designing Python GUIs and be able to develop a variety of GUI applications with ease.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Installing the wxPython library

The wxPython library does not ship with Python, so in order to use it, we first have to install it. This recipe will show us where and how to find the right version to install in order to match both the installed version of Python and the OS we are running.

The wxPython third-party library has been around for more than 18 years, which indicates that it is a robust library.

Getting ready

In order to use wxPython with Python 3.7 and later, we have to install the wxPython Phoenix version. Here is a link to the downloads page: https://wxpython.org/pages/downloads/. We will use this link to download and install the wxPython GUI framework.

And this is a link to PyPI with good information about how...