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

Brad Miller bmiller at luther.edu
Wed Mar 8 21:54:29 CET 2006

On Mar 8, 2006, at 2:06 PM, Vern Ceder wrote:

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


I agree with Vern, I just downloaded lightning and took it for a  
spin.  Its really very nice.  The simplicity of IDLE is one of the  
keys to the success of Python in our introductory CS courses.  But  
students do have a bunch  of trouble with IDLE on windows.  I like  
the fact that the traceback pane pops up right under the editor pane  
when you run a script and hit a problem.

Regarding the 'batteries'.  What if we, as a community of educators  
using python, did something like the Enthought or MacEnthon people  
and created our own 'batteries included' distribution of Python.   
Students and other interested parties would have one stop shopping to  
get all the Python they needed to use python for learning computer  
science.  What packages would we include?


> Andre Roberge wrote:
>> On 3/6/06, Vern Ceder <vceder at canterburyschool.org> wrote:
>> 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
>>> Vern
> -- 
> This time for sure!
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