[IPython-dev] Some ideas for more hooks
Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Wed Mar 16 13:44:48 CST 2005
Frédéric Mantegazza wrote:
> Hello Fernando,
> Here is a little paper to explain the (unusual) way we are using ipython in
> our application (PyMAD). This is a summary of our needs of internal
> interaction with ipython to make something very powerfull.
> I hope it will help you to re-design ipython with user customizable hooks.
OK, this is excellent. Some of these will probably take time, but I'll use
this as a driving document for how to best integrate ipython with a
And anyone else out there who uses ipython for their engine: please send me
something like this, which spells out which public parts make sense for your
project to be cleanly exposed. It's hard for me to guess ahead of time what
people may need, as much as I try. A document like this allows me to
actually organize things for real-world usability, instead of theoretical (and
perhaps irrelevant) benefits I can come up with.
> PS : PyMAD is a software we are developping to control spectrometers, big
> neutrons instruments.
Do you have a public page mentioning it? I've made a little list of links to
projects which use ipython, I'd like to add yours.
> 3) ipython needs
for now, if I don't comment on something, assume I got it and will put it on
my todo list.
> New exception handler.
I need more specific details than this.
> Prevent objects from beeing deleted from global namespace.
What do you mean? Do you want to block the 'del' operator? Please give me
better details. IPython's namespace handling is a bit delicate, so this has
to be done with care.
> Prompt modification at run-time (already solved. I have to do some tests)
Let me know if it worked.
> Access to the command-line interpreter, to have ipython interprets code has if
> it was entered through keyboard (ie make difference between magic commands and
> normal python code).
This is the hardest, and yet it is very important. I'll have to do it for
other reasons, but it may take a bit longer.
Again, thanks for the details. A document like this is actually _useful_ to
me, and from it I can move on with specific improvements.
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