[Tutor] ActivePython and CPython

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Mon May 14 16:20:16 CEST 2007

"OkaMthembo" <zebra05 at gmail.com> wrote

> What are the difference between ActiveState's Python 
> distributions and the standard Python distribution from 
> python.org, and which is better?

I prefer the ActiveState version for windows, I haven't 
tried their Luinux/Mac versions. Basically the Windows 
version comes with a bunch of extras targetting windows 
users. You get most of it by adding the winall package 
linked from python.org but ActiveState package it all up 
nicely. The help system is much better too and includes 
some extra material.

> Also, what IDE will give a user the ability to view HTML 
> designs of a web application as well as the code view 
> (like Dreamweaver does with PHP pages)?

Dreamweaver, I believe, will work with Python too.
But you don't generally embed python into HTML 
as you do with PHP or ASP (although some solutions do)
Modern thinking on web design suggests you should 
separate the code and HTML as much as possible and 
most web frameworks use a templating system like 
Cheetah/Kid to do that.

Any XML/HTML editor should give you a web preview 
of any of the templating languages.


Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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