[Python-ideas] Non-English names in the turtle module.

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Fri Sep 4 19:27:10 CEST 2015

On Fri, Sep 04, 2015 at 12:18:52AM -0700, Andrew Barnert wrote:

> On Sep 3, 2015, at 19:45, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> > 
> > - Beginners aren't going to know to "pip install whatever". Some of us 
> > here seem to think that pip is the answer to everything, but if you look 
> > on the python-list mailing list, you will see plenty of evidence that 
> > people have trouble using pip.
> Of course a sizable chunk of those say "my Python didn't come with 
> pip" and the after a bit of exploration you find that they're using 
> Python 2.7.3 or something, so any feature added to Python 3.6 isn't 
> likely to help them anyway.

You say "of course", but did you actually look at the python-list 
archives? If you do, you will see posts like these two within the last 
24 hours:

I am running Python 3.4 on Windows 7 and is facing [Error 13] 
Permission Denied while installing Python packages...
[end quote]


Well I have certainly noted more than once that pip is contained in 
Python 3.4. But I am having the most extreme problems with simply typing 
"pip" into my command prompt and then getting back the normal 
information on pip!
[end quote]

And a random selection of other issues which I just happen to still 
have visible in my news reader:

Python 2.7.9 and later (on the python2 series), and Python 3.4 and 
later include pip by default. But I can not find it in python2.7.10 
package. What's the matter? How can i install pip on my Embedded device?
[end quote]

I've installed a fresh copy of Python 3.5.0b2 and - as recommended - 
upgraded pip. I don't understand the reason for the permission errors as 
I am owner and have full control for the temporary directory created.
[end quote]

I was fed up with trying to install from pypi to Windows.  Setup.py more 
often than not wouldn't be able to find the VS compiler. So I thought 
I'd try the direct route to the excellent Christoph Gohlke site at 
http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/ which is all whl files these 
days.  However as you can see below despite my best efforts I'm still 
processing the tar.gz file, so what am I doing wrong?
[end quote]

(Some spelling errors and obvious typos corrected.)

Please don't dismiss out of hand the actual experience of real users 
with pip. At least one of those quotes above is from a long-time Python 
regular who knows his way around the command line.

This is not meant as an anti-pip screed, so please don't read it as 
such. But it is meant as a reminder that pip is not perfect, and that 
even experienced Python developers can have trouble installing packages. 
Children with no experience with the command line or Python can not be 
expected to install packages from PyPI without assistence, and if they 
are using school computers, they simply may not be permitted to run "pip 
install" even if it worked flawlessly.


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