[IAEP] [support-gang] Quick Question

Sebastian Silva sebastian at somosazucar.org
Sun Aug 7 22:47:51 EDT 2011

Yes I realized the instructions for mac are a bit complicated.
You shouldn't let yourself get complicated with this, almost any editor 
will do.
If you've followed James's advice regarding Eclipse and PyDev then 
you're probably all set.
If you still need help don't hesitate to ask more. Here are some more 
direct instructions for DrPython.

Here are the two files you need if you still want to try drpython.



Once you have the first installed (wxPython), you can probably just open 
the DrPython zip file and double click on "drpython.py".

Good luck!

El 07/08/11 09:51, Caryl Bigenho escribió:
> Hi Sebastian,
> Thanks for the reference to "A Byte of Python."  I had it downloaded 
> on my computer... on the hard drive that had a fatal crash on the 
> ferry from Montevideo to BsAs.  I guess I had better download it again 
> onto the new hard drive.  It sounds like it has the info I need to get 
> started.
> I was hoping I could just use the Khan Academy videos to get a running 
> start on Python.  I figured since I used to be pretty good at 
> programming in the old languages (Fortran, BASIC, and Pascal) that it 
> would transfer easily to Python once I got all the terms and syntax down.
> Then I ran into a wall... the need for an editor.  I just need a 
> simple, easy to install and use editor and everyone was very helpful 
> in suggesting things, but none were what I would classify as easy to 
> get started on.  Oh well, I kept telling Adam there were no shortcuts 
> to learning a language (Spanish), I guess this applies to computer 
> languages too!
> Yes, Christofer is pretty amazing.  I didn't actually meet him when we 
> were there, but I have followed his progress and accomplishments with 
> interest.
> Thanks again for the suggestion... now I'm going to download Byte of 
> Python, then I guess I'll go for DrPython.
> Caryl
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 06:50:42 +0500
> From: sebastian at somosazucar.org
> To: cbigenho at hotmail.com
> CC: support-gang at lists.laptop.org; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; 
> quozl at laptop.org
> Subject: Re: [IAEP] [support-gang] Quick Question
> I was going to recommend DrPython and found this document, a chapter 
> of the book "A Byte of Python":
> /
>     "Choosing an editor
> Before we move on to writing Python programs in files, we need an 
> editor to write the 'source' files. The choice of an editor is 
> crucial. You have to choose an editor as you would choose a car that 
> you want to buy. A good editor will help you write Python programs 
> easily, making your journey more comfortable and helps you reach your 
> destination (achieve your goal) in a much faster and safer manner.
> One of the basic requirements of a good editor is*syntax 
> highlighting*where all the different parts of your program are 
> colorized so that you can/see/your program and visualize how it will 
> run. This also means that you should avoid Windows Notepad especially 
> because it doesn't support indentation. Indentation means neatly 
> formatting the program with the use of whitespace (spaces and tabs) at 
> the beginning of the line to make it easy to read the program. We will 
> soon learn why indentation is important in Python.
> There arevarious development environments 
> <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/IntegratedDevelopmentEnvironments>andmany 
> editors for Python 
> <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/moinmoin/PythonEditors>available. In 
> order to keep things simple, I recommend using the DrPythondevelopment 
> environment. It is pronounced as/doctor-python/. It is called a 
> development environment since you can edit, run and manage Python 
> programs completely within DrPython. An interesting note is that 
> DrPython itself is written in Python.
> First, we shall install DrPython."
> //He proceeds with instructions to install on all three major platforms:
> http://dsnra.jpl.nasa.gov/software/Python/byte-of-python/output/byteofpython_html/choosing-editor.html
> Incidentally, Christofer, the boy I think you and I met in Montevideo, 
> sugarized DrPython, so it works well with the XO as well:
> http://activities.sugarlabs.org//es-ES/sugar/addon/4427
> /These uruguayan kids never cease to amaze me.
> Regards,
> Sebastian
> El 06/08/11 05:49, Caryl Bigenho escribió:
>     /Hi.../
>     /
>     /
>     /I must be doing something wrong:/
>     /
>     /
>     >>> idle
>     Traceback (most recent call last):
>       File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>     NameError: name 'idle' is not defined
>     >>>
>     /
>     /
>     /This is where I am in Terminal:/
>     /
>     /
>     Python 2.7.2 (v2.7.2:8527427914a2, Jun 11 2011, 14:13:39)
>     [GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5493)] on darwin
>     Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>     /Caryl/
>     > Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:34:25 +1000
>     > From: quozl at laptop.org <mailto:quozl at laptop.org>
>     > To: support-gang at lists.laptop.org
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>     > CC: iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org <mailto:iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org>
>     > Subject: Re: [support-gang] Quick Question
>     >
>     > In Terminal, type idle and press enter. You get Python's own editor,
>     > with a Python shell that you can type into as well.
>     >
>     > --
>     > James Cameron
>     > http://quozl.linux.org.au/
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