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Cody Precord is a Software Engineer based in Minneapolis, MN, USA. He has been designing and writing systems and application software for AIX, Linux, Windows, and Macintosh OSX for the last 10 years using primarily C, C++, Perl, Bash, Korn Shell, and Python. The constant need to be working on multiple platforms naturally led Cody to the wxPython toolkit, which he has been using intensely for that last 5 years. Cody has been primarily using wxPython for his open source project Editra which is a cross platform development tool. He is interested in promoting cross platform development practices and improving usability in software.
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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849511780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849511780
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MrC on February 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
At long last another book dedicated to wxPython application development is finally published.

The author is an active member of the wxPython users list and quite often posts answers to problems people are having with wxPython. He is more than qualified to write a book on the subject. Additionally, he has written Editra; a well-known editor which uses the wxPython framework.

wxPython has matured over the years, the documentation has also gotten better and a lot of experienced users can be found on the wxPython users list. That said users still stumble over various issues making their programs work. Books like this one will quickly find their way to the hands of wxPython users in need.

As with most software cookbooks, a problem is stated then the solution in source code is listed, followed by an explanation of how the code works. This book delivers the same format and in a concise and clear manner. Each problem-solution set is short enough to avoid loosing the reader and printed in an easy to read style. Most of the source listings are kept short. This makes it easy for the user to see an entire program (or enough of it) at a glance. I dislike source listings which droll on for pages at a time. They are hard to follow, and after a few pages the overall picture is easy to loose. This book has none of that.

The book is 293 pages long, broken into 12 Chapters. There is very little introductory material, and that's great. I very much dislike books which contain 30% or more of material that I have in other books or online resources. Authors and publishers should pay attention to this.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Panik on October 12, 2011
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I regret having spent the money. The kindle edition (as an earlier reviewer has noted) fails to indent any of the code examples. This is python! The indentation is syntactically significant. I'm using Kindle for Mac V 1.5.2.

Bad job Amazon. No biscuit. I've sent mail to get my money back.

matt
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hartman on May 30, 2013
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There are so few books on wxPython--a great GUI package for the Python language which helps you build applications that can work as-well-as-native on multiple platforms--that I hate to disparage any of them. The problem with this book is that it mixes two models. There are "cookbook" texts (which O'Reilly in particular is good at). They typically present a catalog of fairly abstruse problems within a given programming realm: "Measuring Memory Usage on Linux" is an entry in Martelli's great Python Cookbook. Then there are how-to-program-in-X books which address people who know something about programming but nothing about language X or library X. This book tries to be both at once, so it isn't great at either. Because it begins from the beginning (what is a wxPython App), It doesn't have much for the semi-experienced user of wxPython, though the last chapter on "Building and Managing Applications for Distribution" is one I've learned from. On the other hand, whether a newcomer to Python could learn from the book how to build apps with wxPython, I'm not sure, though I think Rappin & Dunn's "wxPython in Action" does a better job of that. Even the Table of Contents gives the double game away: it's organized by simplest-to-more-complex, the way a beginner needs, not by functional categories of problems, which is what a more experienced programmer is looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Braverman on March 25, 2011
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Pros: Well written, concise style. Good explanations about why things work the way they do. Breaks down a complex library into understandable pieces.

Cons: No coverage of the grid controls

I have been using wxPython for about 8 months now, so I am by no means an expert. It is a huge library. When I was getting started, I could find a lot of straight reference material on wxPython, but not much in the way of tutorials to help me with understanding the basics. I went through a lot of trial and error. A copy of this book would have helped me write better code, and saved me a lot of time. It does a very good job of explaining the fundamentals in an engaging way, provides a solid foundation for building stable interfaces, and made me go running back to my first projects to clean things up.

My only complaint is that while it gets you started the right way, and then helps you along for a bit, it doesn't cover some of the biggest headache areas of wxPython. For me, working with grid controls (looks like a spreadsheet, with rows and columns) was pretty daunting. You could probably write an entire book just about the wx.grid control (nudge, nudge), and everything related to it. However, grids are not even mentioned in this book.

In conclusion, a must read for anyone getting started with wxPython, but you'll need to get some information elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan M on May 23, 2014
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This book got me started developing GUI's using wxPython quickly. However you will quickly outgrow the book so I'm hoping the author releases a more comprehensive revision someday. If you are new to wxPython, I highly recommend. If you are not, it may just become just another book that occupies your bookshelf.
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