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

Tim Delaney timothy.c.delaney at
Sun Jul 20 06:18:54 CEST 2014

On 20 July 2014 11:53, C.D. Reimer <chris at> wrote:

> 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.
> of_cmdlets_with_similar_commands
> 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.

I advise anyone who works cross-platform to install MSYS on their Windows
boxes (for the simplest, most consistent behaviour ignore rxvt and just
launch bash -l - i directly). Or use cygwin if you prefer.

Tim Delaney
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