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Can someone elaborate for me what the pywin32 project is exactly? Is
PythonWin a replacement for idle? More to the point, do I need to worry
about this as I am learning about Python, since Idle and the Windows
Installer seem to work fine on my XP box?


Jul 18 '05 #1
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Chris Lott wrote:
Can someone elaborate for me what the pywin32 project is exactly? Is
PythonWin a replacement for idle? More to the point, do I need to worry
about this as I am learning about Python, since Idle and the Windows
Installer seem to work fine on my XP box?

Python and IDLE work fine on Windows.

pywin32 is about better support for Windows specific idioms (e.g. easier COM
support, more convenient registry access).

Pythonwin is a windows native Python IDE built using MFC. Idle uses TKinter and
doesn't really feel like a standard Windows app.


Nick Coghlan | nc******@email. com | Brisbane, Australia
Jul 18 '05 #2
Chris Lott wrote:
More to the point, do I need to worry
about this as I am learning about Python, since Idle and the Windows
Installer seem to work fine on my XP box?

Relax this is Python :)
Not sure why you would worry at all about any IDE.
Especially when they your current IDE works fine.
To answer the other question PythonWin is written by Mark Hammond (
PyWin32 ) .
It contains a lot of really cool Python/Windows enhancements and has a
makepy utiity so you can wrap activex X controls with Python and use at
will from your windows machine.
Idle was written by GvR so it comes with Python.
hth ,

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