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2 - Feature Tour of Boa Constructor and 'Hello, World!' [ID:1039] (2/9)

in series: Introduction to Boa Constructor

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Here I give a quick tour of Boa Constructor's features and then show you how to create a "Hello, World!" application without writing any Python code yourself--Boa will write it for you.

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The second video is as good as the first. Clearly presented.

101. RobertNup Fri, 08 Oct 2010 07:09

Good vid.

I did not know much about python gui development environments but this is inspiring me to learn more.

To bad I did not know about this a few years ago...

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Thanks for the videos. I just completed the second one "Feature tour of Boa Constructor", and am very glad for these. It's so much clearer to see it in video than just reading about it in the documentation. This is my first time using Boa Constructor, and I'm glad to be able to do "Hello World" in the first 20 minutes or so.

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Excellent, particularly for beginners like me that are not ready to write the whole code by their own. Start thinking about Boa (or similar...).


Jim, it should be working now. Thanks for catching that.

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Great... but the second tutorial doesn't appear to be working, whatever browser or OS I use to view it.

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66. anonymous Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:17

Allright, this is excellent. More Boa tuts.

65. anonymous Fri, 04 Dec 2009 19:54

With Ubuntu 9.10, I installed the latest version of Boa constructor and wanted to learn it with the aid of a tutorial which is more user- friendly than its built-in help file. I Have been using VB6 and wanted a substitute in Linux ( Gambas is of course there !). Your tutorial located by Google seems to be excellent, simple, clear and easy after watching the first two parts and I have decided to watch all the videos. Thank you very much for uploading this free video tutorial which will be of extreme help to those who are interested in BOA. Thank you once again.

Prof. R. Jayaram, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India.

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Great, thanks.

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Very google man. i am very happy for video .

thx . from kid.

61. anonymous Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:16

Just want to say thanks for the tutorial, it's easy to understand and very useful!

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Thank you very much for your lessons they are very useful for beginners like me.

56. anonymous Fri, 09 Oct 2009 04:19

thanks, for that video,

I spend cople of hours trying to push button, and do something "onclick",without success,this video gave me a hint

55. anonymous Sat, 03 Oct 2009 09:24

Moving from Visual FoxPro - which I love - to Python. Boa Constructor appears to be a good replacement for the IDE in VFP - and your videos are providing a fantastic quick start. I'm depressed to be giving up VFP - a tool which I have found immensely valuable - but am excited to learn Python and build a skill set in a language with a future.

Thanks for these great videos

54. anonymous Thu, 01 Oct 2009 13:51

Very good, thanks a lot !

53. anonymous Tue, 29 Sep 2009 21:20

Awesome video. Quick and to the point. Its got me stoked about using Boa. (...and to think I used to do this the hard way!)

52. anonymous Mon, 28 Sep 2009 17:28

Very good.

Simple and efective.

51. anonymous Mon, 28 Sep 2009 08:45

This was an excellent tutorial, PLEASE do MORE!!!

Thanks. This screencast was helpful. My app didn't run under Boa Constructor because I needed a few things setup first--like picking a Python interpreter. It still won't execute off the yellow arrow, so I still need to fiddle with it.

49. anonymous Mon, 07 Sep 2009 13:14

Interesting. I have never really understood how to use Boa.

48. anonymous Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:15

Great! I would like to know if there are some plan to improve these IDE, and if exists some new efforts from 2007

WOW, this is as close to visual studio as I can find and I have been looking around for weeks. I am still learning to program in python. I hope someone at showmedo can help out with the project and also post the a link on your website. I have tried, glade, wxwidget and donwloaded various gui creators and boa constructor is really fantastic and easy to use for someone coming from visual studio. keep up the great work with the videos.

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its 4 in the morning and the vids are enjoymative!

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great !

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Another very good video

43. anonymous Fri, 17 Jul 2009 01:35

Great! Certainly the documentation is horrible but your video helps a lot to get started... Many thanks

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I searched for nearly half an hour how to start Boa's GUI designer and the documentation on Boa's website wasn't a big help. After the seven minutes of your movie I know where to start. Thanks a lot.

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As always, exceptional quality : )

40. anonymous Wed, 08 Jul 2009 09:20

Completed 2nd video with no problem. I already understand a bit more. The module runner had completely eluded me. I was adding that manually, and probably not always correctly.

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Good job. Not much to write on this one, but I'll be watching all 9 of these for sure!

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I needed a quick way in to Python, wxPython and Boa Constructor. II think I've found it.

I just watched your second video and you showed me how to cover a lot of ground. I look forwards to the rest of the series.

Thanks for taking your time to do it.

35. anonymous Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:32

Good speaker. Nice clear step-by-step instructions. Best tutorial I found anywhere. I was able to follow along w/o any problems. I got all the requisites files installed and was able to run Boa the first time (after I assigned the location of the Python executable under the Tools menu in the Editor).

Too bad that Boa doesn't work properly on Unix so I set up Boa on an XP box and save the files to a shared folder on an Ubuntu box where I do real work.

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Very helpful - thanks.

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Thank you! I am on my way. Jack

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good, informative, glad i watched it

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Having just gone through the wxpython videos and experimented a bit, I guess boa will help a lot in understanding the underlying wxpython code and also aid in quick gui development. Simple and to the point video.

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Good, brief, and to the point. I followed along and now have my Hello, Workd app.

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Good startup for using Boa! I learned good basics with it! Thanks!

This is the way to learn graphical user interface programming, borrowed from Visual Studio(although probably an idea stolen to some other app).

Grab the graphical elements into the edit window and watch the code required in the code window.

And what better way than with a screencast to get us started. Two thumbs up!

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Very good demo. Thanks

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Great. Thanks very much! Neven

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Great video. Got me started with GUI programming in python.


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excellent voice and pace - good coverage of topic


9. anonymous Thu, 19 Mar 2009 14:39

Hi Anonymous #8,

The problem is, *I think*, that you are running Python 2.6. Unfortunately, as of now (Mar 2009), wxPython does not run well with Python 2.6. That is being looked into by the guru of wxPython, but for now you should either use Python 2.5 (which is very good anyway), or there might be a workaround, see this post by him about it:

8. anonymous Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:22

Thanks for the tutorial! it helps me pick up the boa tool in a very short time!

7. anonymous Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:36

Hi. I followed everything you did in the first two videos, but when I press the yellow arrow, I don't get anything. At the bottom of the screen I get the following message (I couldn't copy it, so I'm typing it. There may be typos):



ImportError: DLLload failed : this application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

3: import wx

45: from wx._core import *

4: import __core__


Under the error tab it said:


Traceback (most recent call last):

File "", line 3, in <module>

import wx

File "C:\Python26\lib\site-packages\wx-2.8-msw-unicode\wx\", line 45, in <module>

from wx._core import *

File "C:\Python26\lib\site-packages\wx-2.8-msw-unicode\wx\", line 4, in <module>

import _core_

ImportError: DLL load failed: This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.


If this is the wrong place to ask, I'm sorry, please direct me to the correct place.



Your video has been edited. This is an automatic post by ShowMeDo.

Hi anonymous. You bet--in fact, there are 7 more Boa Constructor videos already uploaded, they just are being processed by ShowMeDo still, but I imagine will be posted within a few days. There are 9 total in the Introduction to Boa Constructor series.

very nice. Can see the delphic inspiration. And enough to suggest it has a deal more power than wxglade. Will follow with interest.

The ShowMeDo Robot says - this video is now published, thanks for adding to ShowMeDo.

Your video has been edited. This is an automatic post by ShowMeDo.

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