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There's a zillion utility apps that I've had kicking around in my
head for years, but I've never implemented because I absolutely
hate GUI programming.

But I'm increasingly impressed by the quality, stability, and sheer
number, of Gnome apps that I keep coming across that use Python
under the hood.

This gives me hope that maybe programming GUI Python apps for Gnome
these days is no longer the traumatizing experience it used to be
when I last tried it.

Can someone recommend some good tools to speed up the development
of Python apps[1] for Gnome? E.g. is there anything like Xcode
for Gnome+Python?

TIA!

~kj

[1] Needless to say, when I write "apps" I mean full-blown GUI
apps: windows, menus, events, threads, clickable icon, the whole
ball of wax. As opposed to cli apps, panel widgets, etc.

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  • Adam Tauno Williams at Jan 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    On Sat, 2011-01-08 at 16:07 +0000, kj wrote:
    There's a zillion utility apps that I've had kicking around in my
    head for years, but I've never implemented because I absolutely
    hate GUI programming.
    But I'm increasingly impressed by the quality, stability, and sheer
    number, of Gnome apps that I keep coming across that use Python
    under the hood.
    This gives me hope that maybe programming GUI Python apps for Gnome
    these days is no longer the traumatizing experience it used to be
    when I last tried it.
    Can someone recommend some good tools to speed up the development
    of Python apps[1] for Gnome? E.g. is there anything like Xcode
    for Gnome+Python?
    I use Monodevelop for coding in Python, but I'm only writing server-side
    Python. While Monodevelop provides an excellent [possibly the best] Gtk
    UI designer I believe that component only works for C#.
    <http://monodevelop.com/>

    There are a variety of articles on the PyGTK
    <http://pygtk.org/articles.html> site; Glade is the UI designer you
    probably want.
    <http://www.micahcarrick.com/gtk-glade-tutorial-part-1.html>
    <http://www.micahcarrick.com/gtk-glade-tutorial-part-2.html>
    <http://www.micahcarrick.com/gtk-glade-tutorial-part-3.html>
    <https://pygabriel.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/writing-pygtk-applications-with-style-using-pygtkhelpers/>

    I've also found
    <http://tadeboro.blogspot.com/2009/04/creatin-gtktreeview-with-glade-3.html> which covers TreeViews which are the most tedious part of Gtk application development.

    Note that, technically, Glade is deprecated and replaced with
    GtkBuilder. But I believe the application is still called Glade.
    [1] Needless to say, when I write "apps" I mean full-blown GUI
    apps: windows, menus, events, threads, clickable icon, the whole
    ball of wax. As opposed to cli apps, panel widgets, etc.
    Awesome; although I've avoided [to do Python's myriad deployment
    issues] Python for fat-client apps I'm becoming more and more tempted.
  • Dan Stromberg at Jan 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 8:07 AM, kj wrote:
    There's a zillion utility apps that I've had kicking around in my
    head for years, but I've never implemented because I absolutely
    hate GUI programming.

    But I'm increasingly impressed by the quality, stability, and sheer
    number, of Gnome apps that I keep coming across that use Python
    under the hood.

    This gives me hope that maybe programming GUI Python apps for Gnome
    these days is no longer the traumatizing experience it used to be
    when I last tried it.

    Can someone recommend some good tools to speed up the development
    of Python apps[1] for Gnome? ?E.g. is there anything like Xcode
    for Gnome+Python?

    TIA!

    ~kj

    [1] Needless to say, when I write "apps" I mean full-blown GUI
    apps: windows, menus, events, threads, clickable icon, the whole
    ball of wax. ?As opposed to cli apps, panel widgets, etc.
    --
    http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list
    Check out Glade (the standard answer), Illumination (a new tool that
    has a very interesting design and goals), wxWindows (can run overtop
    of GTK+, but is pretty different from PyGTK to program, and like
    PyGTK, enables running on multiple desktop platforms), and pyjamas
    (produces GTK GUI's using its own widget set overtop of GTK, and web
    2.0 apps, from the same code).

    Personally, I prefer to just code PyGTK GUI's manually, but I can't
    help but be curious about Ilumination and pyjamas.

    Illumination is at:
    http://radicalbreeze.com/

    ...and it purportedly allows you to graphically build apps that run on
    PyGTK, Android, iPhone (not mature last I heard), Windows, Haiku - all
    automatically generated _from_a_single_description_, and I wouldn't be
    surprised if it does more platforms than that by now. It's been
    getting a lot of buzz in the Android community, but if it lives up to
    its design goals, it probably deserves buzz all over the place.

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