wxPython 4 is out! Proper Python 3.x support incoming.

I’ve been waiting for this for ages, and I’m really glad that it’s finally happened. I did want to help out with this in some way, but I unfortunately didn’t have time. Instead, I’m going to review it (perhaps not in a blog post), and let them know what my thoughts are, which, I think, will be very positive :).

Yay for Python 3.x support!

I realise I’m a bit late to the party here. Nevertheless, it looks like it’ll be really good, from what I remember of the development builds I compiled. I even tried it on my Raspberry Pi 1 B+. It took about 12-15 hours! This ties in very well with my development aims – the next major releases of my programs will have Python 3 support too :). I was going to have to compile a development build and test with that, but now I have a known-good build, and I can maybe even bundle Python 3 and wxPython 4 with the macOS version now. I guess it’ll be some time before this gets into the package repos of most Linux distros, but we’ll see.

Kudos to Robin Dunn, Harri Pasanen, and all the other Devs!

From what I’ve heard, the result is from 3-4 years of hard work from everyone on the project, and at times it probably seemed like an impossible task. I may look into helping again in the future, when I’ve had some time to keep learning more C++ – Stroodlr will have to wait for the moment because so many other things to do!

You can download wxPython, and see more details at https://wxpython.org/.

I’ll make sure I review wxPython 4 and let the Dev team know they’re awesome :). The PXE posts are being written now, and I hope to publish them soon, but there’s a lot of complexity; I’ll need to think hard about how to organise the posts. Expect them next week, or maybe this week if I’m doing well for time :).


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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm currently studying for a Computing and IT degree with the Open University, and am a software developer as well. I enjoy coding in Python, C++ (still learning), and Java. Having written 4 open-source programs (hosted on launchpad.net), set up my own website, and started volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system, I still find the time to enjoy cycling, acting, photography, and playing bass guitar. I go climbing every now and then as well. More recently, I wrote my first commercial program, Disk Verifier, and created a PSID Unlocker GUI for Parted Magic. I also create tutorial and other informative videos for Parted Magic LLC.

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