Beginner advice

Paul Scott pscott at uwc.ac.za
Mon Mar 31 09:15:45 CEST 2008


On Mon, 2008-03-31 at 06:45 +0000, Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch wrote:
> There is an `xmlrpclib` in the standard library, so there is no need for
> an external package here.  I even think that pyXMLRPClib is the one that's
> integrated in the standard library, so the external one might be "dead".
> 

Ah, yes it is indeed. Thanks.

> For Windows there are tools to bundle your source and all dependencies and
> even the interpreter itself.  `py2exe` is such a tool.  With InnoSetup or
> NSIS or similar programs you can then make a `setup.exe` for that spoiled
> Windows brats.  :-)
> 
> Under Linux many packages are available as distribution specific packages
> on most distributions.  So for Linux you may get away with a README
> stating the dependencies of your program and a `setup.py` for installing
> your project.  Look for `distutils` in the Python documentation for
> further information about `setup.py`\s.

setup.py sounds like the best way to go. Most of the classrooms and
lecture halls run on Ubuntu machines, and as I said, I don't really care
much for the Windows brats anyway. 'doze installers etc would be a nice
to have, but not needed right now.
> 
> > 5. Editor - I am using Eric (which I quite like), any advice on IDE's?
> 
> Use the one you like best.  ;-)
> 
Thought as much. I do 90% of my coding in vi anyways, but am still
getting a couple of nutty errors from Python simply because I have not
yet gotten the hang of significant whitespace :) Darn that PHP!


Thanks for the feedback, now I just need some justification on the
GTK/GUI stuff - wxWidgets, GTK+ Glade or other?

--Paul

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