wxPython in Action
Noel Rappin and Robin Dunn
  • March 2006
  • ISBN 9781932394627
  • 620 pages
  • printed in black & white

Clear and to the point.

Kevin Ollivier, Software Developer, Tulane University

wxPython in Action is a complete guide to the wxPython toolkit, containing a tutorial for getting started, a guide to best practices, and a reference to wxPython's extensive widget set. After an easy introduction to wxPython concepts and programming practices, the book takes an in-depth tour of when and how to use the bountiful collection of widgets offered by wxPython. All features are illustrated with useful code examples and reference tables are included for handy lookup of an object's properties, methods, and events. The book enables developers to learn wxPython quickly and remains a valuable resource for future work.

About the Technology

wxPython is an open source GUI toolkit for the Python programming language. It offers productivity gains and useful features for any programmer, and is quickly gaining in popularity as a result. The only published source for the wxPython toolkit, co-authored by the toolkit?s developer Robin Dunn, wxPython in Action shows readers why wxPython is a better interface tool than Tkinter, the tool that is distributed with Python.

Because they are often large and complex, GUI programming toolkits can be hard to use. wxPython is a combination of the Python programming language and the wxWidgets toolkit, which allows programmers to create programs with a robust, highly functional graphical user interface, simply and easily. wxPython combines the power of an exceptionally complete user interface toolkit with an exceptionally flexible programming language. The result is a toolkit that is unique in the ease with which complex applications can be built and maintained.

What's inside

  • A tutorial for core wxPython features
  • A reference for wxPython classes and methods
  • Includes dozens of examples, including a full sketch application

About the authors

Noel Rappin is a senior software engineer at a large technology company, and has extensive Python experience. He has a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he studied educational software and user interface design. Noel co-authored the book Jython Essentials.

Robin Dunn, the creator and maintainer of wxPython, has been working in the software industry for 18 years on a wide variety of applications. He discovered both wxWindows and Python in 1995 while looking for a cross platform toolkit and has never (willingly) looked back. Robin was awarded the ActiveState Programmers' Choice Award at the 2002 O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Robin also worked for the Open Source Applications Foundation, improving wxPython for use in their flagship product, Chandler.

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...I had many 'aha! So that's what that is for' moments - this book is a winner.

Dave Brueck, Chief Architect, Move Networks

Excellent code examples.

Dr. Pim Van Heuven, Technical Director, Think-Wize

Extremely high technical quality.

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Doug Tillman, Software Developer

...I recommend it, both as an introduction and as a reference.

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