[Idle-dev] Erik Thompson's opinions on IDLE

Tal Einat taleinat at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 17:16:16 CET 2006

This is a response form Erik Thompson to my question regarding what
he likes about IDLE and which features he finds missing.

Nothing too extraordinary, but things we're hearing to often:
* would like tabbed browsing of windows
* hasn't found the "recent files" feature

On the same note,
What do you guys think of re-organizing our to-do list,
asking around the Python community and see which feature requests rise?

- Tal

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Erik Thompson
Date: Nov 20, 2006 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: IDLE

Tal Einat wrote:
> Hi Erik, I just viewed your first VPython Video tutorial
> for the first time... [snip]

> I was especially glad to discover that you use IDLE
> in your tutorials. I've been helping develop IDLE for the past year or
> so and am trying to push its development forward, and this is a great
> example of why it is useful. If you have any features you would have
> wanted to see in IDLE, I would really like to hear about them. I'd
> also like to know what you like about IDLE.

Hi Tal,

I'm glad you find VPython interesting as do I... [snip]

I've been doing Python for just a couple years now.  I used IDLE because
it was the first IDE I tried and I saw no reason to switch.  In the
series I wanted to keep things simple with all the code for each program
in one file and IDLE is well suited for that kind of developing.

I have since tried Stani's Python Editor and have been using it more often
I like having several code files open at once where I can just click on
a tab to see the one I want.  It also remembers the last ones I had open
so when I'm working on a larger program over many days I don't have to
be constantly opening the individual files for that program.  So I guess
those would be the features I wouldn't mind seeing in IDLE.  On the
other hand, one of the draws to IDLE is its simplicity.  Once you open
the code window there isn't a lot of clutter or distractions in the
window which is kind of nice.

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