[IPython-dev] Frontend: curses or urwid?
Tue Mar 23 04:00:01 CDT 2010
On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 2:13 AM, Wendell Smith <email@example.com> wrote:
> This is a big decision: urwid is very different from plain curses, and it
> would be very difficult to switch later. What do you think?
It does sound like an important decision; some things to keep in mind:
- does it look like urwid is well maintained/alive? You don't want to
have a dependency that has stalled (we have a bit of that with nose,
for example, though only for testing).
- Can it be easy_installed, and does that work well on all platforms?
You may want to play with a very simple example firsts before diving
into all the ipython complexities, and prototype it both with curses
and urwid. That will be a very informative exercise that even if it
takes a little time now, will likely save you a lot in the long run.
I'll post more details tomorrow, but I'd encourage you to play with this code:
Brian and I just finished a 2-day sprint on this, and we're *super*
excited. It looks like with zmq we're going to have all the pieces
for really clean asynchronous clients.
To run it, open 3 terminals, and run kernel.py in one and frontend.py
in the other two. Then, type away in both frontends :)
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