[Chicago] Sympy for Python 3 ???

William E. S. Clemens wesclemens at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 20:57:12 CEST 2015

Os.chdir( ) is not what your looking for you need to add the path for your
Anaconda packages to the sys.path list. That being said its generally not a
good idea to mess with sys.path unless you know what your doing. It will
almost surely break your code portability.

If you need help setting up Python I would suggest that you go to Project
Night. They are a great group of people and I'm sure they would be more
then happy to get you started down the right path.


William Clemens
Phone: 847.485.9455
E-mail: wesclemens at gmail.com

On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Joshua Herman <zitterbewegung at gmail.com>

> How do people generally learn python? I think I have progressed in the
> following manner.
> 0. Don't know what python is (First experience was from Carl Karsten
> telling me the general syntax rules.
> 1. Start by using python script on the command line
> 2. Play with IDLE / other IDEs/ Scripting
> 4. Use python at school at the compbio laboratory and Alcatel Lucen
> 5. Learn what virtualenv is and make them
> 6. Learn what ipython is and use ipython
> 7. Play with anaconda
> 8. I am here
> Python is generally batteries included. Should ipython be a better
> starting point for people who install python? I think more scientific/
> financial oriented people are doing the following.
> 1. Get exposed to python to apply to work
> 2. Use ipython by installing using anaconda and use it in a browser?
> possibly you don't even have a local install of python .
> Now the person's goals will cause them to make a decision.
> ?. Start by using python script on the command line
> ?. Play with IDLE / other IDEs/ Scripting
> ?. Learn what virtualenv is and make them
> ?. Do web development
> I think that if more people are doing the second path maybe we should
> introduce python the second way instead of the first. For one reason
> setting up ipython or some notebook interface on some cloud server is
> probably going to become more common. The first way that people seem to
> learn python takes much more steps to do interesting things and once a
> person is hooked on python then they can learn the other steps.
> On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM, sheila miguez <shekay at pobox.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM, Lewit, Douglas <d-lewit at neiu.edu>
>> wrote:
>>> I think my answer was way too long!  Sorry!  Just trying to explain
>>> what's going on.  I just wish there was a way that I could get IDLE to
>>> access all the modules that Anaconda can access.  Not really sure how to do
>>> it without tearing apart my operating system.  (And I really don't want to
>>> do that! )  I must say
>> This is where the google it answer is helpful. A lot of times I'll have a
>> question like this and will google and see some related stack overflow
>> questions among other things. For this case I googled: using idle in
>> anaconda
>> That pulled up a mailing list discussion on the anaconda mailing list.
>> It's an interesting thread, and you can see the devs saying that IDLE
>> should be given better support. So that is nice for you to hear.
>> https://groups.google.com/a/continuum.io/d/msg/anaconda/Dr8xFdKbA20/MWvhTO4KF8wJ
>> The stack overflow response is
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26047185/import-anaconda-packages-to-idle
>> Someone had the same problem you did. Try out the answer. It involves
>> changing PATH, which is a normal kind of thing to do in an OS, and you
>> won't need to worry about ripping apart your operating system. I don't know
>> if the answer works, but it something to try.
>> --
>> shekay at pobox.com
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