[Chicago] Anaconda vs. IDLE.

Lewit, Douglas d-lewit at neiu.edu
Fri Oct 16 04:14:01 CEST 2015

Wow, a lot of replies!  Thanks so much guys.  Much appreciated.  Here's my
strategy.  I think from now on I'm going to use the IDLE that comes bundled
with Anaconda.  (Thanks Tanya.)  Before I was using the IDLE that I just
downloaded from www.python.org.  For some reason that particular app is
"blind" to all the great libraries in Anaconda.  But I did some fishing
around in my Anaconda files and discovered IDLE, and was like, YES!!!!

Quickie question before I forget.  What's the deal with "ipython
notebook".  I mean it's great.  I get a notebook that opens up in my
default browser, and it works really well.  BUT... if I save the file and
reopen it later on, then.... it looks like crapola and I can barely read
it.  I think it's got a default extension of .ipynb.

One last thing, although it's not exactly a Python question.  I'm reading
up on some network security stuff, (and yes, Python has some great built-in
tools related to network security ) and there's something I just don't
get.  Telnet vs. SSH.  Telnet is not secure.  We all know that, right?  SSH
uses this public key/private key approach which is extremely secure.
 (Unless of course you can magically factor gigantic prime integers in just
a few seconds, which is currently beyond even our best computers.)  Okay,
could someone please explain to me why anyone these days would use Telnet.
 ( I think the other unsecure protocol is Rhc or rhc? )  Why isn't everyone
using SSH?  I don't get it.  Not exactly a Python question, but.... I am
kind of curious about that.

Okay, thanks!


On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 12:23 PM, Tanya Schlusser <tanya at tickel.net> wrote:

> Hi Doug, IDLE is part of Python and should be bundled with every C
> implementation of Python.  This includes Anaconda's version --
> Anaconda's IDLE should be at:
> /anaconda/bin/idle
> which is currently the first place in your $PATH
> --- quote ---
> > Let's say I execute the following command in my bash shell:
> >
> > *echo $PATH*
> >
> > The output is below:
> >
> > *Douglass-MacBook-Pro-Mac-HD2:~ administrator$ echo $PATH*
> >
> >
> *//anaconda/bin:/Users/administrator/anaconda/bin:/Users/administrator/anaconda/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin*
> --- endquote ---
> If you launch idle from a terminal it should find the right one. Is
> there an icon you're using to launch IDLE? if so, that may be the
> problem.
> If all else fails, you can type this in a terminal:
> //anaconda/bin/idle
> and launch Anaconda's IDLE
> Also I may just not know what you're doing but I think Spyder, which
> was bundled (probably) with Anaconda, kick's Idle's behind in every
> way.
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