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wxPython and PyOpenGL Example 1 [ID:475] (4/35)

in series: Developing emol!

video tutorial by Erik Thompson, added 01/08

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In this episode I use my extreme copy and pasting skills to mash other great Python examples into one big combined example of using wxPython, Sizers, and PyOpenGL.

THANK YOU to all the authors (and German translators) of those code examples!

Here are the links referenced in the video:

'Using Sizers' from the wxPython wiki:

The 'Python GUI Programming with wxPython' Video Series by Kryan Dale

The example code from that series:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: iso-8859-1 -*-

import wx
import sys
from wx import glcanvas
from OpenGL.GL import *
from OpenGL.GLUT import *

class MyCanvasBase(glcanvas.GLCanvas):
    def __init__(self, parent):
        glcanvas.GLCanvas.__init__(self, parent, -1)
        self.init = False
        # initial mouse position
        self.lastx = self.x = 30
        self.lasty = self.y = 30
        self.size = None
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_ERASE_BACKGROUND, self.OnEraseBackground)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_SIZE, self.OnSize)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_PAINT, self.OnPaint)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_LEFT_DOWN, self.OnMouseDown)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_LEFT_UP, self.OnMouseUp)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_MOTION, self.OnMouseMotion)

    def OnEraseBackground(self, event):
        pass # Do nothing, to avoid flashing on MSW.

    def OnSize(self, event):
        size = self.size = self.GetClientSize()
        if self.GetContext():
            glViewport(0, 0, size.width, size.height)

    def OnPaint(self, event):
        dc = wx.PaintDC(self)
        if not self.init:
            self.init = True

    def OnMouseDown(self, evt):
        self.x, self.y = self.lastx, self.lasty = evt.GetPosition()

    def OnMouseUp(self, evt):

    def OnMouseMotion(self, evt):
        if evt.Dragging() and evt.LeftIsDown():
            self.lastx, self.lasty = self.x, self.y
            self.x, self.y = evt.GetPosition()

class CubeCanvas(MyCanvasBase):
    def InitGL(self):
        # set viewing projection
        glFrustum(-0.5, 0.5, -0.5, 0.5, 1.0, 3.0)

        # position viewer
        glTranslatef(0.0, 0.0, -2.0)

        # position object
        glRotatef(self.y, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0)
        glRotatef(self.x, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0)


    def OnDraw(self):
        # clear color and depth buffers

        # draw six faces of a cube
        glNormal3f( 0.0, 0.0, 1.0)
        glVertex3f( 0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5,-0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5,-0.5, 0.5)

        glNormal3f( 0.0, 0.0,-1.0)
        glVertex3f(-0.5, 0.5,-0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5, 0.5,-0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5,-0.5,-0.5)

        glNormal3f( 0.0, 1.0, 0.0)
        glVertex3f( 0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5, 0.5,-0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5, 0.5,-0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5, 0.5, 0.5)

        glNormal3f( 0.0,-1.0, 0.0)
        glVertex3f( 0.5,-0.5,-0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5,-0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5,-0.5, 0.5)

        glNormal3f( 1.0, 0.0, 0.0)
        glVertex3f( 0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5,-0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5,-0.5,-0.5)
        glVertex3f( 0.5, 0.5,-0.5)

        glNormal3f(-1.0, 0.0, 0.0)
        glVertex3f(-0.5,-0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
        glVertex3f(-0.5, 0.5,-0.5)

        if self.size is None:
            self.size = self.GetClientSize()
        w, h = self.size
        w = max(w, 1.0)
        h = max(h, 1.0)
        xScale = 180.0 / w
        yScale = 180.0 / h
        glRotatef((self.y - self.lasty) * yScale, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0);
        glRotatef((self.x - self.lastx) * xScale, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0);


class ConeCanvas(MyCanvasBase):
    def InitGL( self ):
        # camera frustrum setup
        glFrustum(-0.5, 0.5, -0.5, 0.5, 1.0, 3.0)
        glMaterial(GL_FRONT, GL_AMBIENT, [0.2, 0.2, 0.2, 1.0])
        glMaterial(GL_FRONT, GL_DIFFUSE, [0.8, 0.8, 0.8, 1.0])
        glMaterial(GL_FRONT, GL_SPECULAR, [1.0, 0.0, 1.0, 1.0])
        glMaterial(GL_FRONT, GL_SHININESS, 50.0)
        glLight(GL_LIGHT0, GL_AMBIENT, [0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 1.0])
        glLight(GL_LIGHT0, GL_DIFFUSE, [1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0])
        glLight(GL_LIGHT0, GL_SPECULAR, [1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0])
        glLight(GL_LIGHT0, GL_POSITION, [1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 0.0])
        glLightModelfv(GL_LIGHT_MODEL_AMBIENT, [0.2, 0.2, 0.2, 1.0])
        # position viewer
        # position viewer
        glTranslatef(0.0, 0.0, -2.0);

    def OnDraw(self):
        # clear color and depth buffers
        # use a fresh transformation matrix
        # position object
        #glTranslate(0.0, 0.0, -2.0)
        glRotate(30.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0)
        glRotate(30.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0)

        glTranslate(0, -1, 0)
        glRotate(250, 1, 0, 0)
        glutSolidCone(0.5, 1, 30, 5)
        glRotatef((self.y - self.lasty), 0.0, 0.0, 1.0);
        glRotatef((self.x - self.lastx), 1.0, 0.0, 0.0);
        # push into visible buffer

class MainWindow(wx.Frame):
    def __init__(self, parent = None, id = -1, title = "PyOpenGL Example 1"):
        # Init
                self, parent, id, title, size = (400,200),
                style = wx.DEFAULT_FRAME_STYLE | wx.NO_FULL_REPAINT_ON_RESIZE

        # TextCtrl
        # self.control = wx.TextCtrl(self, -1, style = wx.TE_MULTILINE)
        #self.control = ConeCanvas(self)

        box = wx.BoxSizer(wx.HORIZONTAL)
        box.Add(ConeCanvas(self), 1, wx.EXPAND)
        box.Add(CubeCanvas(self), 1, wx.EXPAND)


        # StatusBar

        # Filemenu
        filemenu = wx.Menu()

        # Filemenu - About
        menuitem = filemenu.Append(-1, "&About", "Information about this program")
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_MENU, self.OnAbout, menuitem) # here comes the event-handler
        # Filemenu - Separator

        # Filemenu - Exit
        menuitem = filemenu.Append(-1, "E&xit", "Terminate the program")
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_MENU, self.OnExit, menuitem) # here comes the event-handler

        # Menubar
        menubar = wx.MenuBar()

        # Show

    def OnAbout(self,event):
        message = "Using PyOpenGL in wxPython"
        caption = "About PyOpenGL Example"
        wx.MessageBox(message, caption, wx.OK)

    def OnExit(self,event):
        self.Close(True)  # Close the frame.

app = wx.PySimpleApp()
frame = MainWindow()

# destroying the objects, so that this script works more than once in IDLEdieses Beispiel
del frame
del app

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22. retwants Wed, 14 Jul 2010 21:49

Good stuff, its very useful watching someone getting something to work via cut and paste, cause that's all I'm doin 90% of the time.

21. Richardki Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:11

Thanks for the video, good explanations, keep it up!

20. mac makeup outlet store Save Money To Buy NOW. NG30BALEwm Leander Assembly of God Sat, 24 Apr 2010 15:49

Awesome wxPython and PyOpenGL presentation. I have spent a bit of time looking around for an example just like yours.

19. anonymous Mon, 28 Dec 2009 09:00

Great episode in a great series! Cheers, Chris

18. anonymous Sat, 14 Nov 2009 18:53

very good. thanks for taking the time to do this.

17. anonymous Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:49

nice demo

16. anonymous Sun, 11 Oct 2009 11:59

very fine ! good job ! thanks

15. anonymous Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:28

Just trying to get an idea of programming with python. These videos are great.

14. anonymous Fri, 21 Aug 2009 09:51

This one was better then the previous ones.

The narration is no longer quite so tentative (or else I'm getting used to it).

13. anonymous Mon, 27 Jul 2009 02:52

Great job on this video. Not to boring and not to vague :)

12. anonymous Thu, 23 Apr 2009 12:29

Interesting stuff and lovely to see you learning as you go along. I am slowly learning python and it is great to watch how someone with more experience works.

Thanks for your effort.

11. anonymous Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:03


your emol video #4 keeps cutting off. Please put your videos on another site like YouTube to let ShowMeDo learn they cant jerk their viewers around. No one is going to want to watch your videos if they cant watch them, if you know what I mean.


10. anonymous Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:31


I cant get through video #4 without it cutting out and forcing me to make a comment. Scratch everything I said about ShowMeDo no longer being stingy. Erik- Please do people a favor and host your videos on another site like YouTube to get ShowMeDo the idea that they cant jerk their viewers around.

9. anonymous Mon, 13 Apr 2009 21:40

it´s freaking great this tut

8. anonymous Sun, 12 Apr 2009 14:57

Good stuff, Like it a lot : )

7. anonymous Sat, 11 Apr 2009 07:33

It's very interesting to follow your development.

6. anonymous Wed, 08 Apr 2009 18:16

cool, learned a lot from your series.

5. anonymous Fri, 17 Oct 2008 22:56

this is awesome! thanks!

please make some more videos like this, this will help a lot of beginners like me to be motivated in studying wxPython & PyOpenGL.

4. anonymous Tue, 12 Aug 2008 07:10

Thanks for making this series! I am about to go into doing a PhD and will need to write some tools very similar to the requirements you have for emol. I'm new to wxWidgets and Python, coming from Java and Swing, but so far I can't see a massive issue with moving over, thanks to your informative screencasts!

Keep up the great work, I'm sure I'm not the only one who really apreciates your efforts.

Hey Erik.

Very nice series you got here! Its cool to see how this whole app is beeing developed. Definitely something new, and a great idea.

Looking forward to seeing more of this!


I'm sure Kyran will glow when he sees that you've referenced his wxPython videos.

It is great to see you using the BoxSizer too, I always found the Sizers to be confusing so your sample code is really nice.


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