Try Python update

Mike Meyer mwm at
Wed Jan 4 20:17:59 CET 2006

"Bas" <wegwerp at> writes:
> You could somehow combine the official tuturial (or any other good
> introductory text) and make all the examples in the text 'live'. Maybe
> use a split screen with the tutorial text on one side and the trypython
> console on the other. The newbie could then immediately try the example
> by typing it over himself or by clicking a button 'run in console' next
> to the example. Target audience should be only the real beginners who
> are afraid/too lazy to install the complete Python enviroment. Advanced
> users should be able to do a full install themselves.

This is pretty much what I had in mind. I'm moving the tutorial into
the thing (slowly). I've set it up as two regions one above the
other. The text of the tutorial will scroll in that region if it needs
to. The console region may be scrollable as well, depending on the
fonts and sizes that get used for the console window. I go through the
text of the tutorial typing in the expressions and verifying that I
get the correct results back.

Making the examples links that insesrt the text of the example?
Certainly possible. I'm not sure I want to do that, though. I think
people learn better if they actually do things themselves, and I'm not
sure that clicking a link qualifieas as "doing it themselves."


Mike Meyer <mwm at>
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