Python GUI Toolkits

Letting Users Change a wx.ComboBox’s Contents in wxPython

This week I came across someone who was wondering if there was a way to allow the user to edit the contents of a wx.ComboBox. By editing the contents, I mean change the names of the pre-existing choices that the ComboBox contains, not adding new items to the widget. While editing the contents of the …

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Getting Started with Qt for Python

The Qt Team recently posted that Qt will now be officially supporting the PySide2 project, which they are calling “Qt for Python”. It will be a complete port of the original PySide, which only supported Qt 4. PySide2 supports Qt 5. Qt for Python will have the following license types: GPL, LGPL and commercial. PySide2 …

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PyDev of the Week: Bryan Oakley

This week we welcome Bryan Oakley as our PyDev of the Week! I’ve met Bryan a few times in various Python-related forums and developer hangouts online. He’s a master at Tkinter and has answered a lot of questions about it (and Python) of StackOverflow and other places. I hope you will enjoy getting to know …

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eBook Review: Creating Apps in Kivy

Kivy is a neat package that allows Python developers to create user interfaces on mobile devices. You can also deploy the applications to desktops too. This is the second book I’ve seen put out on the subject. The first book, Kivy – Interactive Applications in Python by Roberto Ulloa came out last year from Packt …

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wxPython 2.9 and the Newer Pubsub API: A Simple Tutorial

NOTE: This article is for wxPython 2.9-3.0. If you are using wxPython 4, you should go to my newer article Several years ago, I wrote a tutorial about wxPython 2.8 and its built-in pubsub module which you can read here. Back then, a new API for pubsub was added in wxPython 2.8.11.0 that could be …

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wxPython: How to Communicate with Your GUI via sockets

I sometimes run into situations where it would be nice to have one of my Python scripts communicate with another of my Python scripts. For example, I might want to send a message from a command-line script that runs in the background to my wxPython GUI that’s running on the same machine. I had heard …

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PySide: Creating a Currency Converter

I am currently reading through Mark Summerfield’s book on PyQt, Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt and thought it would be fun to take some of the example applications in it and convert them to PySide. So I’ll be creating a series of articles where I’ll show the original PyQt examples from the book …

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wxPython: How to Get Children Widgets from a Sizer

The other day, I stumbled across a question on StackOverflow asking how to get the children widgets of a BoxSizer. In wxPython, you would expect to call the sizer’s GetChildren() method. However, this returns a list of SizerItems objects rather than a list of the actual widgets themselves. You can see the difference if you …

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wxPython: How to make “flashing text”

People keep on asking fun wxPython questions on StackOverflow. Today they wanted to know how to make “flashing text” in wxPython. That’s actually a pretty easy thing to do. Let’s take a look at some simple code: import random import time import wx ######################################################################## class MyPanel(wx.Panel): “””””” #———————————————————————- def __init__(self, parent): “””Constructor””” wx.Panel.__init__(self, parent) self.font …

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