[IPython-dev] New GUI integration in IPython

Brian Granger ellisonbg.net at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 18:43:09 EDT 2009

Hello all,

This email is being sent out to to the lists of users+devs who regularly use
IPython's "pylab" mode or "-wthread", "-qthread", "-gthread", etc. threaded
shells.  As of today, in IPython's trunk, we have a completely new
implementation of our GUI event loop integration that dramatically improves
the stability of using the TERMINAL BASED IPython with GUI applications.
This does not affect attempts to embed IPython into GUI applications.

At this point, we need developers to begin to try out the new stuff and
adapt their projects to use the new capabilities.  Here are some things you
will get:

* Stability and robustness have been improved greatly.
* KeyboardInterrupts should work on all platforms reliably.
* No more command line flags - instead everything can be
activated/de-activated/switched at runtime.  This should allow projects like
matplotlib to enable reliable backend switching.  See the new %gui magic for
more information on this.
* We have a new developer module for working with these features
* Unless someone complains very loudly *and* steps up to the plate to
maintain them, the old threaded shells will be removed in the next release
of IPython.

Here are some starting points for documentation on the new features:


Please let us know if you have questions - we are more than willing to help
you get started with all of this.


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