# [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.
Cheers,
f