[Tutor] Optimally configuring Emacs for W7-64bit and Python

Brad Hudson brad.hudson at gmail.com
Wed May 23 01:30:15 CEST 2012

Aside from emacs, vim is a nice editor that can be used across
UNIX/Linux/Windows OS. It is also more friendly to learn/configure than
emacs (install it, type "vim" at a shell/cmd.exe prompt and use the help
that comes with it for customization). It comes by default on most modern
UNIX/Linux OS. Similar to emacs it also has a wealth of plugins available.

On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM, Alan Gauld <alan.gauld at btinternet.com>wrote:

> On 22/05/12 04:26, boB Stepp wrote:
>  2001, is available on the Sun Blade at work, I already own the book
>> "Learning GNU Emacs" and it would be nice to have my fingers trained
>> the same way for both work and home study.
> That's a fair reason and emacs will work for any of your languages and
> incorporates many of the features of an IDE albeit a text based one...
>  What is the best way for me to get my W7-64bit laptop configured for
>> Python programming?
> Install python mode.
> Learn how to get the python shell running inside emacs.
> Learn how to get a cmd shell running inside emacs
> Learn how to do split windows
> After that emacs is a giant application with everything customisable
> by the user so its down to your preferences. Colour schemes, key
> combinations, how much automation (keyword completion etc) is all
> under your control.
> One extra that I would strongly encourage for working with Python on
> windows is to supplement the emacs debugger mode with winpdb. It can be had
> for Linux too, I don't know about Solaris. But I think your Solaris is non
> GUI based anyway as I recall? So that won't matter.
> hth
> --
> Alan G
> Author of the Learn to Program web site
> http://www.alan-g.me.uk/
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