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iPython on Mac OS X

What worked for me; short and simple:

1) Install iPython

  1. sudo easy_install ipython

2) Download the file/egg for Mac OSX readline, and place in path, then edit easy_install.pth

  1. Download:  http://ipython.scipy.org/dist/readline-2.5.1-py2.5-macosx-10.5-i386.egg
  2. cp ~/Downloads/readline-2.5.1-py2.5-macosx-10.5-i386.egg .
  3. sudo vim easy-install.pth
  4. While editing the file add:   ./readline-2.5.1-py2.5-macosx-10.5-i386.egg

3) Run iPython and test.


Show Me Do screen casts

I came across this site, Show Me Do. I must say I am quite impressed. There are a ton of instructional videos or screen-casts on the website, a lot of which cover topics I am very interested in, Python!

The first one I noticed had a kid who was showing how he used a programming environment called Rur-Ple to write and execute his very own program. That is great to see young kids very interested in tools like these. I remember when I was a kid and wrote BASIC program and saved them to a cassette tape. It seemed to take forever to write or read too the tape.

As I began pouring over the videos, I noted some were introductions into Python, IPython, or PyDB. While I use these tools, I am always willing to learn a new trick here or there that I haven’t uncovered yet.

So here is my assessment of the videos I watched, and following a list of videos I haven’t watched yet.

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