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

Anna Ravenscroft annaraven at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 00:41:38 CET 2006

On 3/8/06, John Zelle <john.zelle at wartburg.edu> wrote:
> On Wednesday 08 March 2006 14:54, Brad Miller wrote:
> > 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?
> >
> This is an interesting question. I think this idea of an educational
> distribution has been kicked around before. For those of us in the Linux
> world, installation of the major non-standard tools is pretty simple. I
> can
> just apt-get install the vast majority. For students with Windows or OSX,
> it's not as simple. I wonder of the cheeseshop and ez-install tools will
> eventually make it all pretty easy regardless of platform.

I know that at PyCon, Raymond Hettinger and others from Python_dev were
discussing an "educational" package for Python. I suspect it will be easy to
get buy-in and support from that group if we can get a list together of what
we want in the package.

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