[Edu-sig] IDLE wish (was Edu-sig Digest, Vol 31, Issue 16)

Vern Ceder vceder at canterburyschool.org
Wed Mar 8 21:06:34 CET 2006


I like Lightening a lot! This is almost exactly what I have been wanting 
for beginners, and I may give it a try this spring.

If IDLE behaved this well and was this easy to use things would be much 

The reliance on an unincluded "battery" is a real drawback for many 
environments, of course, but it may be worth the trouble.


Andre Roberge wrote:
> On 3/6/06, Vern Ceder <vceder at canterburyschool.org> wrote:
>>I agree, actually. I would say it's just one of IDLE's shortcomings, but
>>I've noticed it as well. This lack of ability to run a script with
>>parameters makes IDLE much less useful for intermediate programmers as
>>well. Add to that IDLE's general quirkiness (esp. on Windows), a few
>>stray bugs, and it is definitely not helping the cause.
> Sorry if my reply is starting to stray from the original topic.
> Not too long ago I wrote a little app (named "Lightning Compiler") that
> is meant to provide a nice, albeit limited, environment to play with scripts.
> It comes with a very simple editor and an interpreter window.  It does
> have the ability (implemented just for fun, never tested seriously) to
> run scripts
> with parameters.  I released it publicly (and provided a recipe for the online
> Python Cookbook) as it had a feature (handling of input and raw_input) that
> took me a while to figure out, and wanted to save others the trouble.  I got
> more feedback on Lightning Compiler in a couple of weeks than I did on
> rur-ple in about a year an a half!!
> It might be useful for teachers in a classroom situation.  It is available
> from rur-ple's sourceforge page:
> https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=125834
> On the down side, it does require wxPython which is not an "included battery"!
> André

This time for sure!
    -Bullwinkle J. Moose
Vern Ceder, Director of Technology
Canterbury School, 3210 Smith Road, Ft Wayne, IN 46804
vceder at canterburyschool.org; 260-436-0746; FAX: 260-436-5137

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