Posts tagged 'slots'

Passing arguments to custom slots in PyQt

published on November 30, 2010.
Heads-up! You're reading an old post and the information in it is quite probably outdated.

While hacking on ape, I came to a situation where I need to pass some arguments to a custom defined slot. The slot is being called from different signals, one where the argument is passed by PyQt itself and a second one where I need to programmatically pass the argument to the slot.

First I tried with something like:

action = QAction("My action", parent)

which ended in an error: TypeError: connect() slot argument should be a callable or a signal, not ‘NoneType’

After a bit of poking around I passed a lambda function to the connect() method:

action = QAction("My action", parent)
action.triggered.connect(lambda arg=my_argument: my_slot(arg))

Works like a charm.

Also this is my first try to use github gists as a way to embed/highlight code. Hope it’ll work out.

Happy hackin’!

Tags: ape, lambda, pyqt, python, signals, slots.
Categories: Programming.

Connecting signals and slots with PyQt - the new style

published on November 09, 2010.
Heads-up! You're reading an old post and the information in it is quite probably outdated.

While working on ape I had a problem with figuring out how to properly connect a signal to a slot, where the signal is emitted by a QTreeView widget. As this is not my first app with python and pyqt, I was doing something like (this is, btw, the “old style”):

self.connect(widget, SIGNAL("emitted_signal()"), self.my_slot)

but it simply didn’t work. Nothing happened. I was trying all different of connect/signal/slot combinations but everything was just dead silent. Google gave only pretty much old posts talking about QT3. Then I figured that, because the QTreeView is “sitting” inside a QDockWidget, maybe that dock widget thingy is somehow intercepting/taking over the signals. Nope. Wth? Wtf is going on? Current pyqt version is (on my machine) 4.6. Last time I used pyqt it was something like 4.2 or 4.3. Something must’ve been changed in the mean time. Off to the pyqt docs I go (btw, I use the official QT docs, the C++ version, there isn’t really a big difference from pyqt): PyQt reference, chapter 7 - “New-style Signal and Slot Support”. A-ha! They changed it! Here is an example of the “new style”:


Oh my, isn’t that just beautiful?! Much more readable and simpler, for me at least. And it works! Yay! The QTreeView signals are happily connected to slots, thus, I’m happy too.

A few paragraphs later, turns out that the “old style” isn’t thrown out, it should still work. Why it didn’t work for me escapes me at the moment, but honestly, I don’t really care as long as the new style is working.

Happy hackin’!

Tags: ape, pyqt, python, signals, slots.
Categories: Development, Programming.
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