The Invent with Python Blog

Writings from the author of Automate the Boring Stuff.

PygButton - Designing a Button UI Module for Pygame

Tue 30 October 2012    Al Sweigart

A button is a common user interface (UI) control that is used in many software applications. It seems simple enough: there's a button on the window and you click on it and something happens. But there's a lot of details we should plan out ahead of time. Remember, we want to make a generic button class so that other programmers can use this in their games and programs. Once you've read through the process here, you'll be familiar with how to make your own modules for UI elements.


How Does Compression Work?

Fri 17 August 2012    Al Sweigart

"Zip" programs that can compress multiple files into one smaller .zip file are fairly popular for downloads since the fewer bytes you have to download the faster it will download. But how do you compress files? Files are made up of ones and zeros, which can't be squished like clothes into a tight suitcase.