Teaching Pyhton on Wintel

Kevin Altis altis at semi-retired.com
Tue Jun 19 03:36:39 CEST 2001

IDLE is included in the ActivePython distribution in \Python21\Tools\idle if
you feel the desire to use it. In addition, PythonWin does have an
interactive prompt built-in or you can launch a separate Python interpreter
shell. Actually, I don't think there is anything in IDLE, that isn't
included in PythonWin, except that lovely IDLE tk interface ;-)


"Sheila King" <sheila at spamcop.net> wrote in message
news:ii3tits64uq6jct3qfbs9r28c683ln8m7v at 4ax.com...
> On Mon, 18 Jun 2001 16:02:18 -0700, Chris Barker <chrishbarker at home.net>
> wrote in comp.lang.python in article <3B2E887A.92DE8176 at home.net>:
> :I second the notion to use PythonWin (it comes with the activestate
> :distribution). I found it a lot easier to get started with than IDLE.
> I just taught a two week survey of Python to high school students who
> had been working with C++ all year and just did Python at the end as a
> closing cap to the course.
> I put both PythonWin and IDLE on the machines, and let them use
> whichever they preferred.
> PythonWin does handle prompts in a funny way (I prefer the command line
> look, myself), and there were some other issues (I can't recall at the
> moment), so sometimes it was nice to also have IDLE on the machines.
> Some students preferred on or the other, so they had a choice.
> --
> Sheila King
> http://www.thinkspot.net/sheila/
> http://www.k12groups.org/

More information about the Python-list mailing list