Python and IDEs [was Re: Python 3 is killing Python]

C.D. Reimer chris at
Sun Jul 20 03:53:02 CEST 2014

On 7/19/2014 6:23 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> 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 times :-)

Windows PowerShell supports very basic Linux commands and has a command 
history. I'm always typing "ls" for a directory listing when I'm on a 
Windows machine. The regular command line would throw a DOS fit. 
PowerShell lets me get away with it.

I prefer working on my vintage 2006 Black MacBook. Alas, the CPU fan is 
dying and MacBook shuts down after 15 minutes. I'm surprised at how well 
I was able to set up a equivalent programming environment on Windows.

Chris Reimer

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