Saturday, July 12, 2008

IDLE Language Games

:: Python using Akbar font ::
When teaching for Saturday Academy, one of my first moves is to show students how to customize IDLE to better suit their personal needs. This includes choosing a font.

Some students like a more informal look and feel, such as shown above (click for larger view).

IDLE is Python's "batteries included" text editor, making use of the Tkinter module which provides bindings to Tk. John Zelle has contributed, a yet simpler API letting Python programmers control Tk widgets, such as window-framed canvases.

IDLE (Interactive DeveLopment Environment) is also a pun on the name Eric Idle, one of the original cast in the Monty Python troupe, for whom Python was appreciatively named.