4.3.4 Integrated Development Environment

There must be a simple, ideally graphical IDE...

There were some problems with the IDE used (IDLEfork). The client-server modification discussed in Section 2.3.2 was perhaps the most worrying, but several small problems were encountered during the trial:

However, IDLEfork is in active development and all these problems have been discussed on the mailing list and solutions suggested.

In spite of these problems the environment provided by IDLEfork was at least satisfactory. Syntax highlighting was particularly useful, and the editor has several useful advanced features such as commenting out regions that some students found on their own.