Interactive Shell?

Paul Prescod paul at
Mon Feb 2 06:42:21 CET 2004

Andrew Burton wrote:
> Which is the best was to use Python: from the interactive shell, as a scripting
> language, or as the Python.h library with C? Is the interactive shell there for
> anything beyond prototyping code?

I would say that the vast majority of all Python use is as a scripting 
language using the form:


The interactive interpreter shell has no memory from session to session 
so you lose your work all of the time.

Wrapping your Python program in C is an extra step that is typically 
only necessary when you have a C code base that you are trying to extend.

  Paul Prescod

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