As a finale for this chapter’s email tools coverage, this section presents PyMailGui -- a Python/Tkinter program that implements a client-side email processing user interface. It is presented both as an instance of Python Internet scripting and as an example that ties together other tools we’ve already seen, such as threads and Tkinter GUIs.
pymail program we wrote earlier,
PyMailGui runs entirely on your local computer. Your email is fetched
from and sent to remote mail servers over sockets, but the program
and its user interface run locally. Because of that, PyMailGui is
called an email client : it employs Python’s client-side tools
to talk to mail servers from the local machine. In fact, in some
ways, PyMailGui builds on top of
pymail to add a
pymail, though, PyMailGui is a fairly
full-featured user interface: email operations are performed with
Like many examples presented in this text, PyMailGui is also a practical, useful program. In fact, I run it on all kinds of machines to check my email while traveling around the world teaching Python classes (it’s another workaround for Telnet-challenged ISPs). Although PyMailGui won’t put Microsoft Outlook out of business anytime soon, I like it for two reasons:
PyMailGui runs on any machine with sockets and a Python with Tkinter installed. Because email is transferred with the Python libraries, any Internet connection will do. ...