[SciPy-user] Thoughts on GUI development
Fri Aug 22 14:23:57 CDT 2008
Eric Bruning wrote:
> Hi Gael, et al.:
> Regrettably, I couldn't attend scipy this year, but have been enjoying
> everyone's slides. I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of this
> message is, but one item in your slides was quite relevant to what
> I've been working on this week.
> In your lightning talk on the interactive shell, you wrote:
> "What do we gain with GUIs?
> -Pretty look and feel
> -Doesn't make you more productive/richer: no economic or academic incentive"
> At a gut level, I disagree that GUIs don't make you more productive. I
> imagine that you and others probably disagree, too. After all, we must
> find *some* non-superficial value in them to go to the effort of
> writing them! For certain datasets, I've found that I can't do the
> analysis I want without a good GUI for browsing and tagging data.
> Since this involves syncing up plots and animations across 4D, the
> code is non-trivial.
> So, the snag comes at the point of trying to justify all the time you
> spend writing a GUI app; you hope for future efficiency in analysis,
> but the benefits are pushed into the future right along with
> publishable results (==riches, such as it is in academia). And much of
> the efficiency comes by implementing the hardest features: not just
> plots, but draggable, zoomable, taggable, animated, linked plots.
> Perhaps the best way to conclude is by saying thanks to all those that
> are pushing forward on the graphical toolkits. The faster it is to
> make an app, the less conflict we'll all feel when justifying time
> spent crafting GUIs.
For every specialist, it doesn't matter what tool he uses, GUI or not.
But for the boys and girls that once in a while need some tools,
GUI is very very convenient way of not have to know / remember all the
small details !!
Why do you think all amateurs (and a few professionals) like LabView so
But even more important than the GUI is feeding the user with the right
apriori knowledge of the tool and the domain at the right time.
Just my 2 cents,
I'm not an expert, but ...
... I'm trying to build a Labview equivalent in Python ;-)
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