wxPython Properties Distribution
An alternative to the wxWindows property editing classes for use with wxPython 2.3.3 (and above) and Python 2.2 (and above). It allows property editing with python objects (as opposed to the wxWindows property editors, which manipulate primitive data types).
There are 3 packages included in the distribution:
wxprop -- the wxPython property editing package
- Includes "standard" property editors, and a framework for custom property editors. Also includes property editing views for single objects and collections of objects.
wxoo -- python-object-oriented wxPython controls and events.
- Includes object-oriented drag and drop mechanisms.
basicproperty -- Python 2.2 property sub-classes
- Provide a framework for higher-level property classes which substantially automate the bookkeeping of type checking, type coercion, bounds checking, and storage of data values.
Note: this is early alpha software, expect that there will be bugs, and that the APIs will change over time.
The homepage for the distribution is:
Generally speaking, you should get the latest released version available on this page. If you have CVS available, a more appropriate option for contributing and/or keeping current is to use the SourceForge CVS repository. You can find information on the CVS repository here:
You'll need to install the following dependencies before installing the wxPython properties distribution:
- Python 2.2(.1) or above
http://www.wxpython.org/ Note: as of this writing, only wxPython 2.3.3pre2 is available, this version fixes a bug with wxPython 18.104.22.168, and is preferable for developers wishing to work on the wxPython properties distribution
mx.DateTime (part of the mx.Base distribution)
http://www.egenix.com/files/python/eGenix-mx-Extensions.html#Download-mxBASE Presently most of the date-specific code relies on the mx.DateTime extension library. This is largely an artifact of the original project from which the properties distribution was derived. Making this dependency non-critical is an open project.
To install the properties distribution from the source archive, you will use the standard python distutils approach.
- Unzip the source archive (for example, properties-0.1.7a.zip) into a temporary directory. Be sure to maintain the internal directory structure of the zip file. Run: python setup.py install
- Note: There is currently an error in the installer which causes the installation of the source graphics for the collection editors to fail. As these are merely source files (the images are compiled into Python modules), the error is non-critical, and the message can be ignored.
To install the properties distribution from CVS, the recommended approach is:
- check out the properties "module" (WinCVS term) from CVS into some directory on your hard disk (the location is unimportant)
- This will create a directory "properties" with subdirectories named wxprop, wxoo, and basicproperty.
your PythonPath. The easiest way to do this is to add a file to your Python/Lib directory named properties.pth containing a single line specifying the properties directory.
Alternately, for those not intending to help with the development of the properties distribution (though realistically, it is probably too early for such people to be working with the package), you could check out just the 3 packages directly into a directory on your PythonPath.