[SciPy-user] Re: Windose and Python

el corto elcortostrash at gmx.net
Mon May 10 16:37:11 CDT 2004

> 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.   

This is at least not true for PythonWin. E.g. when you type

from scipy.

a popup shows up when you hit the "." offering several completion options.

I've tested PyCrust and IDLE and found PythonWin the best one for me. 

> >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).

I use scipy.xplt with absolutely no probs.
> >
> >Is python really this unusable for
> >interactive data exploration and modeling under Windows? 

No :)

> >
> I'm forwarding it to these lists so that individuals with more 
> experience on Windows than I have can respond to his request. 
> What do people use on Windows for interactive work????
> -Travis Oliphant
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