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Developing Python Programs Using the IPython Shell [ID:007] (1/4)

in series: Python Development with IPython

video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald, added 03/07

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A quick introduction to the basics of Python development using the IPython shell.

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17. Boomerang Lamp Online Sat, 16 Oct 2010 02:15

This is how I like it. Infact, this is how most of us like it. Short and to the point. In UNIX programs are usually small and compact and do one thing very well. And so likewise, its good to teach one important concept at a time and then give freedom to the viewer to combine concepts he learns from many different videos. Easily graspable. : )

16. Tobacco Chew Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:03

Good tutorial for beginner.Thank you.

Hi Ian - I appreciate your tutorials and your taking the time to teach people for free! A couple of comments:

1. I didn't realize that Ipython was different than Python, so it took me a while to figure out why the simple "cd" commands in your first video didn't work. I would suggest putting your video about downloading Ipython "first" in this series of videos

2. the websites that you visit to get Ipython have changed significantly since you made the videos. It seems that some of the extra downloads (readlines & ctypes (?)) might be included with the original Ipython.exe file. It would be great if you could clear up the necessary downloads for new Python users. Thanks again & have a good night, Michael

14. cialis free trial Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:48

Very useful. Does ipython recompile any dependencies when you re-run the script?

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Thank you. It helped !

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10. jasa SEO, Backlink, Blogwalking murah Sun, 28 Mar 2010 08:59

I appreciate the little video about Ipython. I got it installed yesterday and am just trying it out.

9. anonymous Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:36

Nice demo. Looking for a nice GUI for actual application or"front end" to the Python shell - not just development

8. anonymous Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:02


7. anonymous Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:55

Nice basic intro to ipython, haven't coded in over a year and this is helping me to remember.

6. anonymous Thu, 18 Jun 2009 08:56

Thanks for the videos ... they are a useful introduction.

5. anonymous Sun, 26 Apr 2009 00:58

it's pretty nice! thank you very much

4. anonymous Sun, 12 Apr 2009 04:43

Thanks for the video.

You seem to have a strategy of demonstrating several different editors doing slightly different things. I'd rather know this up front and choose an editor that would work for all rather than having to see repetitive demos and then being unsure which product is best.

This is a great program though...ShowMeDo, I mean.


Screencasts like this are especially helpful for nongraphic software like Ipython for which having a demonstration of some basic operations can save a lot of time and help you to decide quickly whether this is an application you want to undertake to learn further.

There's a nice article over at Numenta on using IPython:

including some talk of exploring objects and using the debugger.


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