Improving Idle (was Re: Python 3 ...)

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Mon Jul 21 03:54:29 CEST 2014

On 19/07/2014 21:45, Terry Reedy wrote:
> If you are talking about user processes, and we are talking about
> patching Idle, as opposed to Python or the OS (such as Windows), I
> disagree. If you are talking about the Idle process, then yes, I would
> prefer that once Idle starts, it run forever, and recover from any
> problems caused by users. Roger Serwy fixed many Idle shutdowns before
> being swallowed by a PhD program a year ago, but there is more to do.

Which has just reminded me of this which 
is available from pypi, with the last update dated 2014-06-02.

I'll quote from the sourceforge page "IdleX is a collection of over 
twenty extensions and plugins that provide additional functionality to 
IDLE, a Python IDE provided in the standard library. It transforms IDLE 
into a more useful tool for academic research and development as well as 
exploratory programming.
IdleX runs with Python 2.6, 2.7, and 3.x."

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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