[Pythonmac-SIG] a beginner's list
bob at redivi.com
Thu Feb 9 07:38:22 CET 2006
On Feb 8, 2006, at 7:40 PM, Charles Hartman wrote:
> Well, so PythonIDE is dead. (It hasn't been well for a long time.)
> How ready-for-prime-time is IDLE? What drawbacks are there to
> recommending it to beginners? What can't you do? Do I remember that
> it uses TKinter? Does it make wx impossible to use? I haven't used
> it, so I'm asking out of ignorance, not simply rhetorically.
IDLE does use tkinter.
Being a Tk based UI it will not follow Mac conventions and its going
to act a little quirky
Since IDLE runs its shells and scripts in subprocesses, wx (or any
other GUI framework) is possible to use if and only if IDLE was
started via "pythonw". If IDLE is started with just "python" then wx
will not operate. I believe the Tk that ships with OS X 10.4 does
have the CPS hack that allows it to work even if started with python,
but that doesn't help wx at all.
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