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Re: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: Qt licensing issues for GNUmed

From: Tim Churches
Subject: Re: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: Qt licensing issues for GNUmed
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 14:09:26 +1000

richard terry <address@hidden> wrote:
> Looking nice in gui is important - it often makes or breaks usage of
> an 
> application. It ok to be purist, but in the long term all efforts may
> come to 
> nothing.

I agree entirely, but ultimately the licensing decsions need to be made by 
who have written the code.

> Personally I like QT because it not only looks good, it is twenty
> times easier 
> to sit and play with the gui and get something that looks good. Sure,
> one can 
> prototype in QT and then translate the design to wxPython, and I
> suspect in 
> the long run that from the flavour or replies on the list we won't
> (sob sob) 
> be using QT.

It still doesn't sit well with GPLed code.

> From talking to Ian, wxPython doesn't seem to come up too well under
> windows, 
> does anyone else have experience of that.

wxWindows/wxPython is a doddle (easy) to install on Windows, and certainly all 
the wxPython demos and the PythonCard demos (PythonCard is a high level 
abstraction/GUI builder for wxPython) all work fine on my Win2k box here at 
But I've never used it in anger...

Of course, there is also Tk and its Python bindings, Tkinter. It has the 
that it is free, open source and GPL compatible, and comes with all 
of Python on all platforms (well, Linux/Unix/Mac OS/X/Windows at least). There 
a nice extension library of extra widgets (and a framework for building 
widgets) for it called Python Megawidgets. And as Horst commented last week, 
Tk on Windows now uses the native Windows look-and-feel, so its appearance is 
acceptable (previously it looked horrible on Windows). 

The downside is that Tk is a bit slow - but only really a problem on older 
machines with CPUs of 400 Mhz or less - and its API is a bit cumbersome and 
funky - but it is well documeneted and it is covered in many of the Python 
programming books, and there is plenty of support for it available on the main 
Python mailing list (since it is considered mainsteam Python).

Worth considering?

Tim C

> Regards
> Richard
> On Mon, 11 Aug 2003 01:42 am, Andreas Tille wrote:
> > On Sun, 10 Aug 2003, Karsten Hilbert wrote:
> > > > Hmmm, any other reason to start using yet another toolbox
> except that
> > > > it looks nice?
> > >
> > > He didn't mean look when he said look.
> >
> > Well for sure, my question was a little bit provocating.  I just
> wonder
> > if there are real reasons to use Qt other than people try to
> preserve
> > their favourite toolkit.  I'm really interested even if I'm
> sounding
> > perhaps offensive.
> >
> > Kind regards
> >
> >                Andreas.
> >
> >
> >
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