some pointers for a newbie

Jon Mercer jon.mercer at
Sun Dec 5 03:26:48 CET 2004

On the matter of IDEs, I've found that Eclipse (
is amazing, although I suspect that it takes a bit of learning to get
used to it and I'm nowhere near making full use of all it can do. It has
a really useful plugin in the shape of PyDev. I strongly recommend
having a play, although at 2am on a Sunday morning it may be peripheral
to what you are trying to achieve!

Another post here has recommended playing with the JUnit that ships with
Python. Has anyone else looked into integrating this in an Eclipse IDE?
I'de be very interested to know. I'm a bit of a newbie to Python myself
and didn't even know there was a unit testing module/facility/whatever
available. Where can I find more info???

Best to all,


On Sun, 2004-12-05 at 02:33 +0200, John Evans wrote:
> Hi, I have decided to play around with python, for the simple reason 
> there appears nothing better to do at 2am on a sunday morning ;)
> Anyway I am familiar with languages similar to PHP, javaa script, and 
> also languages which have similarities on the surface to python such as 
> Lingo (macromedia Director). so python is looking fairly straight 
> forward, but what i am noticing is a complete lack of basic starter 
> knowledge from myself - to be expected one would think :D
> So what i ask is, for someone who wants to dip his toe in the pond and 
> runs a powerbook with os x what tools, resources should I look into as 
> being the most useful?
> Also is it best to use an IDE like the one which comes from installing 
> macPython, or is it best to use a basic text editor, or perhaps even 
> xcode could be recommended (esp if I wanted to build some simple UI 
> using interface builder?)
> Any and all responses greatly received.
> cheers
> john

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