Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps Transcripts
Chapter: App 6: LOLCat Factory
Lecture: Showing LOLCats on OS X

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0:00 So our cat app is basically working,
0:03 the last thing we need to do is display the cats to the users.
0:06 Now we were looking to them over here in PyCharm
0:09 but obviously the users won't be running this in pyCharm
0:12 and we do kind of say hey we downloaded your cats
0:14 but let's show them to them. Now we have to keep in mind
0:17 we are working in a terminal app
0:19 so we kind of can't really show it like on a cool web page or in some kind of window,
0:24 the best I think we can hope for is maybe showing
0:27 the finder window or the explorer window
0:30 and letting them browse with the operating system file browser.
0:32 So the last thing we are going to do is write this display cats method, let's do that.
0:37 And the only thing we are going to need to know is
0:39 what folder do we have so let's go write this at the bottom,
0:43 and we'll define this method we'll say pass just for a second,
0:46 now let's think how do we open the finder window
0:49 so it turns out that you can just type open and give it a folder name
0:54 so you could like type open. in the terminal,
0:57 in OS X that would launch the finder window in whatever window you are at.
1:01 Now on Windows, that doesn't work, you have to say start.
1:04 and that would then launch the Windows Explorer
1:08 to that location as well and in Ubuntu
1:12 neither of these work you actually do xdg-open
1:15 and then the folder so something like . to open the current one.
1:19 We can run these three programs
1:22 and let's go ahead and write it just for OS X first
1:24 since that's what I am on,
1:26 and then I'll show you how to actually determine
1:29 what platform we are on and choose the right commander run based on that.
1:32 So the command we are going to use is open folder,
1:35 something like this, we want to call this open process,
1:39 we want to launch another process from our application
1:42 and we do that with the sub process module,
1:45 now like all of these modules we have to import them,
1:47 PyCharm will do that for us thank you very much,
1:49 and then it has a call() method,
1:51 and call takes you can see there is a few options here,
1:55 call takes an array strings,
1:56 the first string is going to be the name of the program,
2:00 the second one is going to be the argument
2:02 that we are going to pass to open
2:03 so we just say open, folder and that should do it,
2:06 let's test it out and maybe put a little print statement here
2:09 just to say displaying cats in OS window
2:14 so let me come out of full screen
2:16 so this doesn't look weird when it launches,
2:20 boom, there are some cats check that out,
2:22 let me make them a little bigger for you, oh yeah,
2:25 those are good cats there has been a failure on the internet,
2:27 of course there has right, so we can sort of flip through our cats like this,
2:31 I kind of like the dune cat, he is a good one.
2:34 So we've successfully displayed our cats to the user,
2:37 granted we have pretty simple mechanism for that
2:40 because we have a simple terminal app, but nonetheless, pretty cool,
2:43 it shows you how to work with sub-processes, in an incredibly easy way.
2:47 Now the last thing to do is to say well, if I run this on Windows,
2:50 or I run this on Linux,
2:53 this is not going to work so well,
2:55 let's actually take it and run it on Linux and watch it crash
2:58 and then we'll fix it over there.