Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 12:59:41 -0800 From: Christopher Barker <Chris.Barker@...259...> Subject: Re: [Matplotlib-users] Matplotlib conflicts with IDLE To: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: <4B6C86BD.3090801@...259...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed David MacQuigg wrote:
> I can't get Matplotlib to work with IDLE.
Sorry, I don't know anything about IDLE, but...
> I'm running on Mac OS-X, so it looks like IPython is not an option.
Why not? I use Ipython on OS-X all the time, and it is fabulous, really fabulous.
> Also, I
> would rather stick with IDLE. It is the perfect IDE for non-CS students who
> shouldn't be spending their time on the complexities of a plotting package.
Looks really promising, but I don't think they've got OS-X packages yet.
I can confirm that Spyder will make these GUI event loop issues go away (BTW I saw it running on OS-X, 2 days ago -- note that it requires PyQt to be installed). If you are familiar with MATLAB's IDE, you won't be disappointed because it works almost the same way (it even communicates well with MATLAB thanks to .mat files import/export features).
The great advantage of Spyder over other Python IDEs is the exclusive "Workspace" feature: like MATLAB's workspace, that is a global variable explorer allowing GUI-based edition of the most used Python objects (integers, floats, strings, dictionaries, lists, NumPy arrays, ...). It seems unbelievable, but Spyder is really the only IDE providing this feature which is IMHO essential for scientific users.