Could Emacs be rewritten in Python?
bdesth at removethis.free.fr
Sun Apr 6 16:59:27 CEST 2003
Patrick K. O'Brien wrote:
> If you were crazy enough to think that you could create a program
> along the lines of Emacs, but written in Python, how would you go
> about it? How would you design the domain model for files, buffers,
> windows, and frames? How would you allow the same level of
> customizability? How would you map functions (or methods or whatever)
> to keys? Any thoughts?
> Here is the background. I'm working on a file editor (called
> PyAlaMode) using wxPython and Scintilla. It's an extension of the
> PyCrust code base. I've got a basic version working, and it supports
> editing multiple files and all the usual, basic features. But I want
> it to be as customizable and extensible as Emacs. In fact, I want to
> model it after Emacs, so that elisp code could be rewritten in Python
> and work with PyAlaMode. To do that, I've got to support the same
> primitives as Emacs; expose files, buffers, regions, and windows the
> same way Emacs does; handle the Emacs keybindings and ability to remap
> keys, the same way Emacs does, etc.
> Sound like fun?
Sounds like Real Fun !
Is there a way to get the current code ? (I was recently thinking of
extending pycrust to make it a full programming environnement, something
like a mix of Emacs and Smalltalk's programming environnement... Not
sure if I'm able to do it, but...)
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