Python and emacs

Don Dwiggins dwig at
Fri Mar 23 02:01:07 CET 2001

Sean 'Shaleh' Perry writes:
> On 22-Mar-2001 Don Dwiggins wrote:
>> A semi-idle question: has anyone looked into embedding Python as an
>> extension language in Emacs, alongside Elisp?  I'm toying with the idea of
>> doing some Emacs enhancements/modifications, and given the choice, I'd much
>> rather do them in Python.  (One such enhancement would be to add
>> Pythonwin-style "intellisense" popups to python-mode.)

> An editor that spoke python would not be a bad thing.  However, trying to get
> emacs to speak python strikes me as an amazingly good way to waste whatever
> brain cells you have left.

I'm not sure we're on the same page.  If by "trying to get emacs to speak
python" you mean abandoning Elisp and rewriting the entire .el library in
python, I'd agree wholeheartedly.  

What I had in mind was the ability to "load" a .py file (.epy?) _in addition
to_ .el files.  Then you could (re)write extensions in either language.
Yes, of course it would likely be an ambitious project, which is why I
called it "semi-idle" -- I just thought someone might have been
motivated/foolish enough (delete whichever is inappropriate) to tackle it.

Don Dwiggins                    "Solvitur Ambulando"
Advanced MP Technology
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