[Baypiggies] Baypiggies Digest, Vol 84, Issue 15

Stephen McInerney spmcinerney at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 22 23:06:59 CEST 2012

Mark - use MacPorts. Manually installing Python on a Mac is a huge pain.
You can easily figure out MacPorts from their help on the web.
Do not mess with your Mac's builtin python version.

If you will need multiple 2.x or 3.x installs, and/or the ability to switch between versions
on a project-specific basis, also install virtualenv. 

ipython is a nice interactive shell for scientific users with command-line help, inline completion, history.

(PS good to use more specific subject, e.g. 'Novice needing assistance installing Python on Mac'
instead of a generic 'Novice Programmer Asking For Assistance')

Also, check out http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-PyData/ and the Berkeley Scientific Python meetup,
if it's still going.

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