Who uses IDLE -- please answer if you ever do, know, or teach

Larry Hudson orgnut at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 8 05:58:02 CEST 2015


On 08/05/2015 06:06 PM, Terry Reedy wrote:
[snip]
> 0. Classes where Idle is used:
> Where?
> Level?
>
None

> Idle users:
>
> 1. Are you
> grade school (1=12)?
> undergraduate (Freshman-Senior)?
> post-graduate (from whatever)?
>
Some college, but didn't complete.
Never had any CS or programming courses.

> 2. Are you
> beginner (1st class, maybe 2nd depending on intensity of first)?
> post-beginner?
>
post-beginner (and self-taught)

> 3. With respect to programming, are you
> amateur (unpaid)
> professional (paid for programming)
>
amateur

My situation:  Amateur/hobbyist programmer.  (Retired from electronics industries.)  My 
programming needs are very modest -- mostly simple utilities for my own use.  In the past used C 
extensively, C++ some.  But after I found Python I haven't looked back.

Programming environment:  Linux Mint (hate Windows!).  Using simple editor (usually gedit) and a 
terminal window, but I usually have Idle running (minimized) to be able to quickly check syntax, 
run help(...), etc.  I rarely use it for actual programming.

One minor complaint about Idle:  In the interactive mode the auto-indent uses a tab character 
which the display expands to 8-character columns.  This large indent is annoying.  The editor 
mode can be set for smaller indents but the interactive mode can't -- at least I haven't found 
how if it is possible.

      -=- Larry -=-



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