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Python Programming On Win32 by Mark Hammond, Andy Robinson

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wxWindows

wxWindows is a free C++ framework designed to make cross-platform programming child’s play. Well, almost. wxWindows 2.0 supports Windows 3.1/95/98/NT, Unix with GTK/Motif/Lesstif, with a Mac version underway. Other ports are under consideration.

wxWindows is a set of libraries that allows C++ applications to compile and run on several different types of computers, with minimal source-code changes. There’s one library per supported GUI (such as Motif, or Windows). As well as providing a common API for GUI functionality, it provides functionality for accessing some commonly used operating-system facilities, such as copying or deleting files. wxWindows is a framework in the sense that it provides a lot of built-in functionality, which the application can use or replace as required, thus saving a great deal of coding effort. Basic data structures such as strings, linked lists, and hash tables are also supplied.

Native versions of controls, common dialogs, and other window types are used on platforms that support them. For other platforms, suitable alternatives are created using wxWindows itself. For example, on Win32 platforms the native list control is used, but on GTK, a generic list control with similar capabilities was created for use in the wxWindows class library.

Experienced Windows programmers will feel right at home with the wxWindows object model. Many of the classes and concepts will be familiar. For example, the Multiple Document Interface, drawing on Device Contexts ...

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