Python IDE

Peter Damoc pdamoc at
Thu Feb 10 01:05:59 CST 2005

On Wed, 09 Feb 2005 18:20:03 +0200, Ville Vainio <vivainio at> wrote:

>> Just to put it in the Python-IDE-pipe: Boa-Constructor is my favorite
>> toy for my professional development of Zope/Plone Applications. Well, it
>> has some minor bugs left. I would like to see it as a Ubuntu-package.
> BOA constructor has always seemed to be broken in one way or another in
> every version I've tried. Has it gotten any more mature lately? I would
> hesitate "standardizing" on it, esp. as someone might consider the
> generation of wxPython code suspicious when compared w/ using
> dynamically loaded XML UI description files a'la Glade.

Boa is a great IDE, a lot of tools are integrated, a lot of good stuff in there BUT there is the issue of wxpython namespace. With the push of the new wx namespace and the move towards 2.6 Boa was kindda left behind. It still uses the old wxPython namespace and from what I've seen 0.4.0pre is more of a version hacked to work with the new 2.5 series of wxpython. There were a lot of changes between wxpython 2.4 and 2.5 and a lot of these changes introduced instability in old 2.4 apps.

> A separate tool for UI generation and general IDE (debugger / editor)
> would also seem more maintainable and more in line with Unix philosophy.

You don't necessarily need a separate tool. I love the Eclipse philosophy of "Perspectives", this is the way to do it! Not the cluttered interface of Boa but the specialised perspectives of Eclipse.

Peter Damoc
jack of all trades, master of none

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