Then I found wxFormBuilder - OMG!
It took me 2 weeks to confidently use wxFormBuilder. I think wxFormBuilder is way better than Boa Constructor and XRCed.
Not only do you get to design the GUI, but you also get the wxPython design code generated for you.
It was at this point I thought, because I like wxFormBuilder so much, maybe I can take the plunge and move on to Python 3.4 and wxPython Phoenix.
I have loads of programs I wrote using Python 2.7 & wxPython so I thought I would install Python 3.4 on my notebook.
I have 2 computers
- Vista PC (Python 2.7 & wxPython)
- Windows 7 Notebook (Python 3.4 and wxPython Phoenix)
It's been a week now since using Python 3.4 and wxPython Phoenix, so here is my verdict:
- At present I don't have dedicated custom programs written for a business,so I can move onto Python 3.4 and build new GUI's.
- I build a lot of database applications and built an app that generates most of the code automatically for me. This saves me weeks if not months of coding by hand. I have had to build a new app to generate the code for database apps that will now use Python 3.4 and wxPython Phoenix. This is a good thing because it is forcing me to add new functions to the app that will speed up the development time. I have been avoiding this, thinking I will do this one of these days. Well that day has come. My pythonic coding has matured, so I am adding new methods of generating my code.
- One of the things I need to get used to with Python 3.4 is that I keep getting errors because I'm using the old print "xyz" or print variable statements. I have to get used to using parentheses after the print statement print("xyz") or print(variable).
- The wxPython design code generated by wxFormBuilder has issues because some of the wxPython Phoenix code and methods have changed. There isn't a wxPython Phoenix Demo application to refer to the use of widgets, dialogs etc. so there is a lot of time spent looking for answers using the online docs. I have created a script that runs through the generated code and cleans it up so it will run using wxPython Phoenix and Python 3.4.
- Boa Constructor was heavy on the generated code where as wxFormBuilders is a lot lighter on wxPython code and a lot cleaner.
- I feel using wxFormBuilder is like building a house with bricks. The eventual GUI application you build using wxFormBuilder seems to be built a lot more solidly.
- Oh yes what I really like about Python 3.4 is you don't get all those annoying .pyc files mixed in with all your .py files. They are stored in a separate __pycache__ directory.