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Handy Reference But Little More
on October 2, 2015
As others have noted, this book is a reprint of the Tkinter tutorial at http://www.tkdocs.com/tutorial/index.html. I don't regret buying it even though the same material is freely available on line... it sometimes helps to have access to an offline reference. And, if all you need is a primer on Tkinter and an overview of Tkinter widgets, then it is a helpful reference. But I was hoping for more when I made this purchase.
The book's description states "you should have a basic familiarity with desktop applications in general, and while you don't have to be a user interface designer, some appreciation of GUI design is always helpful." These two lines conceal a great deal of what's missing from this book. A brief overview of what a GUI application is (eg. Models, Views, Controllers) and how Tkinter fits into that context would have been helpful. The book's front cover claims you can "Quickly learn to create great looking user interfaces for Windows, Mac and Linux using Python's standard GUI toolkit" but, without the broader context, this book really does little more than allow you to create some example GUI's with the toolkit.
Unless you're already an accomplished GUI App designer, better publications are available for realizing the promise on this book's cover.