PyObjC with InterfaceBuilder


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PyObjC can be used with InterfaceBuilder, the best way to use Interface Builder depends on the version of Xcode you are using.

XCode 3 on MacOSX 10.5

When you’re running MacOSX 10.5, with Xcode 3 or later, Interface Builder has builtin support for Python and can extract class, action and outlet definitions from Python source code.

To define a class that will be picked up by Interface Builder:

class MyModel (NSObject):

     window = objc.IBOutlet()

     def doSomething_(self, sender):

Interface Builder obviously has to know about the source files that contain your Python classes. There are two ways to accomplisch this, depending on whether or not you use Xcode. If you use Xcode Interface Builder will automatically pick up all source code that’s added to your project and it will also automatically detect changes to those sources.

If you do not use Xcode you can add new source files to Interface Builder using the “File -> Read Class Files …” menu. This will scan the sources, but will not automatically detect changes to those sources, use the menu “File -> Reload All Class Files” to reload the class definitions.

XCode 2 on MacOSX 10.4

This section is fairly minimal because I’ve stopped using Xcode 2 and do all my development on OSX 10.5

The version of Xcode that ships with Xcode 2 does not support Python code, which means that you will have to define your classes twice: one times in