Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wing IDE 4.0.4 released

Wingware has released version 4.0.4 of Wing IDE, an integrated development environment designed specifically for the Python programming language.

This release includes the following changes:

* Shell history operates on whole blocks and filters by entered prefix
* Auto-editing (must be enabled with Editor > Auto-Editing preferences):
  * Auto-enter closing quotes, comments, and parentheses, braces, etc
  * Tab through auto-entered invocation arguments
  * Apply quote, comment character, or parenthesis to selection
* Use dynamic analysis for goto-definition in the editor, when available
* Support ## comments and new block syntax in Mako files
* Allow scrolling editor one page below the last line
* Refactoring can move symbols to a new file
* PyLint panel improvements, including support for version 0.23+
* Commands to copy editor and project file names to clipboard
* About 70 other minor features and bug fixes included vi mode improvements

See the details in the change log.

To see some of the new features in Wing IDE 4.0 in action, check out What's New in Wing 4.0.  Or download a free trial.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Book Python Programming Fundamentals Uses Wing IDE 101

The new book Python Programming Fundamentals by Kent D. Lee teaches introductory programming with Python and Wing IDE 101.

This classroom-tested and easy-to-follow textbook takes the reader through an extensive set of examples and practical exercises. Students learn to recognize and apply abstract patterns in programming, as well as how to inspect the state of a program using a debugger tool. This book teaches students the skills necessary to begin developing their own programs.

Key Features
  • Contains numerous examples and solved practice exercises designed for an interactive classroom environment,
  • Highlights several patterns which commonly appear in programs, and presents exercises that reinforce recognition and application of these patterns,
  • Introduces the use of a debugger, and includes supporting material that reveals how programs work,
  • Presents the Tkinter framework for building graphical user interface applications and event-driven programs,
  • Provides helpful additional resources for instructors and readers at the associated website
Review

According to S. L. Tanimoto in Choice [Vol. 48(9), May 2011]: "Though intended primarily as a textbook for introductory programming classes, it will work well as a guide to self-teaching. The writing is clear and succinct; the choice of topics is excellent; and the examples work well. By introducing the Tkinter graphical user interface kit, the book does much to help readers work with interesting programs without the need for another book. Summing Up: Highly recommended [for] students of all levels.”

About the Author

Dr. Kent D. Lee is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA. He is the author of the successful Springer textbook, Programming Languages: An Active Learning Approach.