[Idle-dev] IDLE going forward

Ned Deily nad at acm.org
Thu Feb 3 06:13:27 CET 2011

The suggestions so far are good.  To reduce the chances that they are 
forgotten, it would be better to submit them as either bug fix or 
enhancement requests to the Python issue tracker 

One area not mentioned but of critical importance is the lack in the 
standard library of a test suite for IDLE.  Right now it is very 
difficult to know when things are broken or breaking because of the lack 
of tests.  Making such a test suite presents some "interesting" 
challenges, though.  The current python test suite does very little 
automated GUI interface testing so some new cross-platform 
infrastructure to do so would need to be added, preferably in a way that 
can be added to the source code tree without creating any licensing 
issues (i.e. not GPL).  Another challenge is to do so in a way that 
ideally covers all of the primary IDLE execution environments: Windows, 
native Mac OS X, and Unix/X11.  If you have ideas or experience in this 
area, your contributions would be especially welcome.

 Ned Deily,
 nad at acm.org

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