Python and IDEs [was Re: Python 3 is killing Python]
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Sun Jul 20 03:23:30 CEST 2014
On Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:31:10 -0400, Terry Reedy wrote:
> On 7/19/2014 3:28 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> So why does Python ship with IDLE?
> On Windows the Idle shell is needed for sensible interactive use.
One might say that *some* IDE is needed, but Idle itself isn't
It also depends on what you consider sensible.
I haven't used Python on Windows much, but when I did use it, I found the
standard Python interactive interpreter running under cmd.exe to be bare-
bones but usable for testing short snippets. If I recall correctly, it is
missing any sort of command history or line editing other than backspace,
which I guess it would have been painful to use for extensive interactive
work, but when I started using Python on Linux the interactive
interpreter had no readline support either so it was just like old
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