AUTHORED BY
Andrew Cross
DATE
07/16/2013
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  1. PythonXY is a large download (500 Mb+)
  2. Several shells are included within PythonXY
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I soon grew tired of listening to the lesson I described yesterday, and I set out to discover how people¬†actually use Python. I’m accustomed to using an IDE, so typing code in notepad and making a call to a saved .py file seemed inefficient. After looking through comments and questions on StackOverflow, I concluded that Python(x,y) would be something worth learning about.

Python(x,y)

I recently came across a conversation about Python(x,y). The Python(x,y) project is self-described as a “Scientific-oriented Python Distribution based on Qt and Spyder”,¬†so I figured I was looking in the right place. I went ahead and downloaded it. Be forewarned, it’s a large download (500+ Mb). Why? Because it includes a lot of packages that aren’t part of the official Python release.

What the Python(x,y) installer gives you, in addition to the original Python shell, is a launcher that includes a bunch of applications and interactive consoles that I genuinely don’t understand one bit yet.

Python(x,y) Launcher

PythonXY’s launcher

However, I did find the replacement for windows command prompt/notepad that I was looking for. The Interactive consoles selector allows you to open a couple different consoldes. Console 2 that feels much nicer to use than the windows command prompt. Coupling this with Notepad++, I was in business to start doing some work!

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Andrew Cross

Andrew is currently a mechanical R&D engineer for a medical imaging company. He enjoys good food, motivated people, and road biking. He has still not completely come to terms with the fact he will never play center field for the Kansas City Royals.