[Python-mode] Tutorial on Python-Mode
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skip at pobox.com
Fri Mar 9 20:01:50 CET 2007
Maximilian> I've been using xemacs for many things, especially LaTeX,
Maximilian> and I would like to start using it as an editor for
Maximilian> python. Unfortunately I haven't found much documentation on
I don't think there is anything separate from what you can get online.
Maximilian> Is there anyway I can find a tutorial or a few hints (well,
Maximilian> maybe more than a few...) on how it works.
It's not all that different from other language programming modes. C-h m
will give you some help about the mode-specific bindings. From there you
can ask for help about specific commands, functions and variables.
Maximilian> Just to name a feature, what exactly does "Mark a Block" do?
It's bound to C-c C-k so type C-h k C-c C-k and you'll get the documentation
for the py-mark-block command.
Maximilian> Or another feature, "Ctrl-c !" I get an interpreter, and
Maximilian> many new menus (i.e. Complete, In/Out, Signals).
C-c ! runs the py-shell command which is a specialization of the normal
shell mode. Again, C-h k C-c ! will display help about py-shell.
Maximilian> I'm a bit lost... I've been using Python only for scripting,
Maximilian> but I'll probably have to start using it to analyze MD data
Maximilian> from Gromacs.
I don't do anything with computational chemistry but I assume the field has
plenty of very specialized wheels. I would be best if you could avoid
reinventing them. You might want to plug into the SciPy community
(http://www.scipy.org/). Also, I think Andrew Dalke
(http://www.dalkescientific.com/) does a fair amount of computational
chemistry and bioinformatics using Python. He might be a good source of
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