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wxPython is a huge toolchest with lots of great and useful tools within it. To be a master craftsman you have to know your tools. That means knowing how to use each of them, and knowing which tool is right for the job. Some of the tools in wxPython are easy to use and most programmers can pick up them up and apply them quite easily, just like a hammer or screwdriver. This tutorial will focus on some of the more advanced classes and capabilities available in the wxPython toolchest, which may not be so easy to pick up and use the first time.
Each topic addressed will present an overview, class diagrams, discussion of when and why to use them, sample code and running examples. Topics will include wxGrid, wxListCtrl in both normal and virtual mode, wxTreeCtrl, wxHtml, the Clipboard and Drag and Drop, flicker free double buffered drawing, using sizers for window layout, using XML for window layout, creating custom widgets, the printing framework, etc.
Robin Dunn, the creator and maintainer of wxPython, has been working in the software industry for 20 years on a wide variety of applications. He discovered both wxWidgets and Python in 1995 while looking for a cross platform toolkit for C++ and has used Python and wx whenever possible since then. At the 2002 O’Reilly Open Source Convention Robin was awarded the ActiveState Programmers’ Choice Award. This award, determined by votes from fellow Python programmers, is a testament to Robin’s work ethic and valuable contribution to the Python community. For the past five years Robin’s work on wxPython has been supported by the Open Source Applications Foundation. Robin is also the co-author of the first book about wxPython, wxPython In Action. Robin spends most of his time at home in Vancouver, Washington, USA.