[Python-mode] looking for a discussion of things python(-mode) ish
barry at python.org
Tue Sep 8 14:37:14 CEST 2009
On Sep 8, 2009, at 4:43 AM, Rohan Nicholls wrote:
> I checked out the python-mode launchpad project, and am now sending an
> email. Do I need to sign up to the python mailing list to see any
> discussions? Or does this email get me added to some secret list? ;)
While I approved your message, you should explicitly join here
> I am very interested in getting everything under one roof, although
> the discussion I read in January seems to indicate that this will
> never be.
> Just to sum up reasons that I had started using python.el
> - python-mode had shown no sign of life for about 5 years
That's changed now.
> - The killer was the triple quote bug. I was horribly stung by this,
> and at that point tossed python-mode even though the integration
> with ipython.el is hard to beat.
I personally am rarely enough bitten by this to care, but I would love
to have someone port python.el's approach to python-mode.el. IIRC,
python.el uses regexps and python-mode.el uses the syntax table. The
syntax table has the advantage of being much faster, which mattered a
lot at one time, but it's not flexibly enough to handle Python's
> - I am an emacs user, having given up on xemacs a couple of years
> ago, and it shows no sign of improving, so emacs specificity is not
> a problem for me, in fact it is a plus, as the various incompatible
> bits of the two systems do not start clogging up the code.
python-mode.el works just fine in both Emacs and XEmacs.
> So my questions are:
> - Is the triple quote threat solved in python-mode (because it is in
I don't believe it has ever been ported over.
> - It seems development has started up again, would this be correct,
> and is there a list of things to fix somewhere? Also has Beverley
> Eyre compiled that list of features she mentioned back in January?
Yes, it's being actively developed, but my sense of it is that python-
mode.el pretty much works well for everyone using it, so I wouldn't
say there's a ton of itches that need scratching. We add support for
new syntax every time a new Python version comes out. It's probably
not as Python 3.x friendly as it should be.
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