The future of this library
I intend on growing this library as long as there are ways to improve it; life might get in the way at some points, but I want to keep using the project in my personal tooling, and I know many people count on it's reliability for their own.
The current version of the module is pretty stable in terms of the API. There is only a handful of upcoming API changes, some of which will unfortunately have to roll over a major version. This page exists as a sort of heads-up note, so users know what to expect. I will try to keep this up to date whenever plans change, or tasks are complete.
8.0.0 - The (second) widget update
The next major release is, according to my plans, the last one for a long time. It will be a modernization of a lot of APIs, and it's main purpose is to bundle all the minor but compatibility breaking changes together into a single release.
The end goal of this version is to make it so implementing the 7GUIs is simple, and can be done by most newcomers to the library.
- A new, more stable
- Better API for aligning widgets within containers
- A rethink of the sizing system -- likely implementing the layout system's dimensions, and possibly removing static sizes
- Better implementation of heights, one that is more consistent with widths
- Better buttons: checkboxes with labels, new base button class with more customization and nicer styling and rethink of toggle
- Better, more customizable layouts within containers: probably a better splitter, possibly allowing Containers to use layouts
8.1.0 - A better YAML styling engine
The current YAML styling works, but doesn't support quite as much as I would like it to. CSS, as as hideous as it can be does some things well: being able to apply styles to specific elements individually, swapping style groups on the fly and integration with the scripting language, just to name a few.
With this update, our YAML files should do more or less the same as CSS, but in a more thought-out manner, with clear and readable syntax.
An example PTG YAML file could be the following:
from pytermgui import Stylesheet
styles = Stylesheet.load("styles.ptg", auto_reload=True)
_IdManagerto act as the style managment overlord
- Likely re-writing the
file_loadersmodule. I hope to keep the current API alive, with massive deprecation notices
- Moving some of the default widget configuration into a
8.X.0: A better composition
The current compositor isn't super smart. It does way too much writes to the terminal, and thus it makes things flickery and unstable on lower power emulators. A fix to this is already far in the works, and involves a resizable matrix of screen coordinates to their content. I want this update to happen seemlessly on the user's side, but this makes things a lot more difficult.
- Add a canvas class that handles emulating the terminal's display
- Change compositor to write to a canvas, and to only update the terminal with the canvas' contents