Feedback wanted on programming introduction (Python in Windows)

Benjamin Kaplan benjamin.kaplan at
Thu Oct 29 21:44:57 CET 2009

On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 1:24 PM, Alf P. Steinbach <alfps at> wrote:
> ActiveState is simplest to install.
> However, given what I've now learned about the current situation wrt.
> versions of Python, where Python 3.x is effectively a new language, and
> where apparently ActiveState has no installer for that, I'm rewriting to use
> the "official" distribution.
> It has some bugs in the installer and is in many respects incompatible with
> the information the student can find and will most easily stumble on on the
> net, even the sites that the 3.1.1 documentation links to (e.g. now
> "tkinter" instead of "Tkinter", now "/" does not perform integer division
> and there goes my example of that, so on), but it's a more clean language.

ActiveState does have Python 3 installers. They've had them almost
since the day it was released. It's just not the default because many
of the libraries people use haven't been ported yet.

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