[SciPy-user] Re: Windose and Python
fperez at colorado.edu
Thu May 6 23:09:13 CDT 2004
Travis Oliphant wrote:
> Todd Pitts from Sandia asked me the following question.
>>I have one final question about python on windows. It seems
>>that the non-interactive scripting works well enough. However, I have
>>not found a single interactive interpreter that I could recommend to
>>members of my group without serious reservations.
>>I have tried IPython,
>>PyCrust (various), IDLE, Using it from within emacs (not cygwin emacs,
>>just emacs under windows), PythonWin, etc. They all have serious
>>problems when it comes to usability. Most don't have tab completion at
>>all. Most, (emacs included) don't work with any plotting package. I
>>have tried gist from scipy and matplotlib (doesn't work with anything
>>except straight scripting).
>>Is python really this unusable for
>>interactive data exploration and modeling under Windows?
As the ipython (http://ipython.scipy.org) author I'm obviously biased, but
Windows users seem fairly happy with it. Using Gary Bishop's extensions, it
is possible (it should basically work out of the box, though I don't know
because I don't use Windows) to get readline and coloring support under a
normal (non-cygwin) command shell.
Gary's tools are at:
I also imagine that using ipython within emacs as your python shell (which
requires a special python-mode.el and ipython.el, available at
http://ipython.scipy.org/dist/ipython-emacs-0.3.tgz) must be an option under
Windows. I've only used them under Linux, but since this is just regular
Emacs lisp, I imagine it should be platform-independent.
I hope this helps.
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