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Thinking with tikinter

tikinter is not a word from one of foreign languages I am learning. It is a graphics module in python. Which I am trying to experiment with.

Few months back I used to look at all scripting languages with disdain. "They do not even define their variables". And they are for web developers.

But apparently python is different. Every one is talking about it. Or in it. So I joined a coursera course in introductory python and successfully completed it. Because it was free course?

Does that mean I will post its certificate in Facebook. No.  a) I get a certificate only by paying 4000 rupees. We Indians do not believe in paying for internet knowledge. Paying for wifi connection is more than enough. b) I have deactivated my facebook account and will be deleting it. Again.

I also installed a solo learn app for python in my phone. It is quite good. Again I do not expect them to return the favor. :)

When I was searching for python learning videos in youtube - thanks all to Jio, I came across the word GUI development in python. I stood on my toes. So what is this GUI using python. The video told me that there is this in built module called tkinter - I am still not sure t is silent or k is silent or both are. Tkinter lets you create a window, add a label, a button etc using python. GREAT.

I remembered my first encounter with Qt. Those days I was teaching C and C++. If you spend all your time with C and C++, GUI sounds like a beautiful dessert to you. Because it lets you create GUI in C++, I started learning Qt in my spare time. And some how it paid off.

Now I am re-re-learning Qt. In my last session, I was able to extract my keyboard input and show it in  a label. But no success with Kannada letters.

With my new obsession with coursera (free) courses and tikinter, am I saying goodbye to French from duolingo. May be. It is not that I will be going on a Paris trip any time soon.

To know how simple it is to code tkinter - type the following in your command prompt
python
import tkinter
wi = tkinter.Tk()
wi.title("Hello World")
wi.mainloop()

And your first python window is ready.


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