[SciPy-user] shell for scipy

Fernando Perez scipy-user@scipy.net
Tue, 4 Feb 2003 11:31:03 -0700 (MST)

On Thu, 30 Jan 2003, A.J. Rossini wrote:

> >>>>> "FP" == Fernando Perez <fperez@pizero.colorado.edu> writes:
>     FP> That's exactly what I'd like to have for python: ipython as the command-line
>     FP> shell, and a gui which uses ipython as its interaction engine, but which can
>     FP> also save the whole session, edit across lines, embed graphics and change
>     FP> fonts, etc.
>     FP> Such a project is fairly ambitious, but I'd like to pitch it here to see if
>     FP> there is community response. Mathematica, maple, matlab & IDL all have
>     FP> graphical desktops and for scipy to dethrone the last two of them, it will 
>     FP> probably need one too (I say the last two because I don't see scipy as 
>     FP> competing with Mathematica, but definitely as a better environment than matlab 
>     FP> or IDL).
> You might look at the Sweave tools in R, combined with ESS (Emacs
> Speaks Statistics) for interactive construction and evaluation.  It
> isn't interactive in the Mathematica sense, but it is the next best
> thing -- construction of documents using Noweb/literate programming
> techniques, and evaluation of "chunks" interactively, or via a "report
> generation" mechanism.

sounds very interesting, thanks for the info.  If there is enough interest in 
this to move forward in the direction of a gui, we'll definitely take a look.