Re: Alan Kay's EuroPython Keynote
2006-07-07 02:24:15 GMT
I have no idea if Alan actually said that, there are not quotes. And, Alan can speak for himself. However(!), if the essence of the paraphrase is right, I think he's suggesting that Python can benefit from the work that Smalltalk has pioneered. But, I don't know if he's referring to the IDE, eToys, or what when he says "environment"
On Jul 7, 2006, at 12:46 AM, Brad Fuller wrote:Serge Stinckwich wrote:There is a report of Guido Van Rossum about an Alan Kay talk in histhis is sad to read:
web log here : http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=167318
Alan believes that Python has a much larger mindshare than Smalltalk or
Squeak, and that because of this a similar environment in Python will
have a greater chance of succeeding than the current Squeak one. Also,
the $100 laptop already has Python, and Alan is of course hoping that a
Squeak-like environment will be part of it, so this appears expedient.
(At the Shuttleworth summit in April
<http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=156162> I believe
Alan also suggested that Squeak is suffering from its extremely simple
graphics model; apparently it cannot benefit from graphics accelerator
cards because of its platform-independent architecture. Python on the
other hand already has bindings to OpenGL and DirectX, for example.)
let's be proud that Smalltalk was indispensable to come up with Etoys and let us accept the challenge.
I googled for python IDEs today and found
and there the most up to date IDE shootout of
I have to say that I was not impressed.
The IDEs were either not free: Wing, Komodo and in the future PyDev
based on Qt (Eric4)
had no liberal license (Gnu! ): SPE
couldn't eat their own dog food as they were based on Java: PyDev
or didn't have convincing screenshots: DrPython
Alan, which python IDE would you suggest us to widen our perspectives for ourselves, the job market and for helping to make the world a better place - if it is not Squeak?
-- brad sonaural