[vtkusers] choosing the best tool for creating GUIs

Prabhu Ramachandran prabhu at aero.iitm.ernet.in
Thu Sep 19 22:00:34 EDT 2002

>>>>> "TD" == Thomas Deschamps <tdeschamps at lbl.gov> writes:

    TD> Hi vtkusers, I have a lot of C++ code using VTK for the
    TD> visualization part.  I would like to know according to your
    TD> different experiences what is the best programming/scripting
    TD> language to create Graphical User Interfaces together with VTK
    TD> and C++ code.  I would like to embed the visualization part in
    TD> the GUI and to add a lot of callbacks to call my programs on
    TD> the data visualized.  Tcl/Tk appears to me as the basic
    TD> solution but I would like something more object-oriented, to
    TD> write classes of widgets, etc...  But I would like it to work

AFAIK, Python is the best language to do this, I'm biased ofcourse.

    TD> with my C++ code. Is Python efficient? Does anybody have
    TD> experience with PyQt, or other things?  Thank you for your
    TD> help,

You'd need to be more specific.  I have very little experience with
PyQt but I believe that it works very nicely.  There is even a nice
book on it. 


One nice thing about Python is that there are many options with what
toolkit you use.  Also it should not be hard wrapping your C++ code so
it works with Python.  If you cant use VTK's own wrapping mechanism
take a look at SWIG (http://www.swig.org) or Boost.Python


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