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Simple framework for applications in python

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Simple framework for applications in python


This package is intended to provide the basic components for applications in Python. It provides a white box implementation of multi threaded applications.

pysimpleapp welcomes additional base classes and implementations of application methodologies.

There is often more than one way to do something and pysimpleapp tries to support that by providing building blocks rather than solutions.

It is intended to be GUI framework agnostic, although some common frameworks have been included for demonstration and ease of use.

There should also be a relatively thorough set of tutorials alongside the main code. This will teach how to use the software and explain why the software is this way.


pysimpleapp is hosted on PyPi so can be installed with:

Simple Examples

Below are some simple examples which have been prepared.

To understand how they work and how to build more complex applications, please visit the tutorials section of the documentation.


Open a python session with pysimpleapp installed.

Import libraries and classes:

from pysimpleapp.message import Message
from pysimpleapp.threads.examples import ExampleSingleRunThread, ExampleMultiRunThread
from queue import Queue
from threading import Thread

Threads take a name as the first argument, owner name as the second argument and an input and output queue for communication. Their use will be demonstrated shortly but you can confirm that they inherit from the threading.Thread class.

Let’s create the input and output queues and an instance of the ExampleSingleRunThread class:

in_queue = Queue()
out_queue = Queue()
single_run = ExampleSingleRunThread('Name', 'Owner', in_queue, out_queue)
isinstance(single_run, Thread) # returns True

Now, send the singe_run thread a start command. Threads in pysimpleapp often have some built in commands, but it is very easy to override these and add your own later.

It is also essential to define how you want a thread to behave through it’s main function. The ExampleSingleRunThread has been defined to print that it has run.

Put a start message in the input queue:

# Note the order of owner and name because we are sending from the owner
in_queue.put(Message('Owner', 'Name', 'THREAD_START', None))

This should print:

Running single run thread...

demonstrating that the thread has run!

You will also notice that if you send another start command, nothing happens. Single Run Threads execute once and then stop.

Next, make an instance of ExampleMultiRunThread:

multi_run = ExampleMultiRunThread('Name2', 'Owner', in_queue, out_queue)

Multi Run Threads will run until they are told to end. Test that functionality by providing several messages:

in_queue.put(Message('Owner', 'Name2', 'THREAD_START', None))
in_queue.put(Message('Owner', 'Name2', 'THREAD_START', None))
in_queue.put(Message('Owner', 'Name2', 'THREAD_START', None))

You will see that the thread has been counting how many times you asked it to run!

End the thread with another built in command:

in_queue.put(Message('Owner', 'Name2', 'THREAD_END', None))

After this, the thread has stopped and will no longer respond to messages.

This has been a very short introduction to some example threds but there is much more to come! Continue learning with the tutorials and soon you will be making your own threads for specific requirements.


  • TODO

  • Attempt to implement best practices

  • Documentation and tutorials


This package was created with Cookiecutter and the audreyr/cookiecutter-pypackage project template.


0.1.0 (2019-07-06)

  • First release on PyPI.

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