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Examples | Python | Configuring IDE

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Configuring IDEs for Python language

This page briefly describes how to config the IDLE, Wing IDE, VS Code, and PyCharm IDEs for Python.

IDLE

1. Install a basic distribution of the Python language from one of the latest versions (for example, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9). When installing, pay attention to the directory in which the Python system will be located, because the path to this directory will need to be specified when setting up the IDLE IDE for the taskbook (by default, the Python is installed in a subdirectory of the directory associated with the current user, for example, C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python39). During installation, select all suggested components.

2. Run the PT4Setup program (Start | All programs | Programming Taskbook 4 | PT4 Setup) and make sure that the taskbook has detected the IDLE (Python) IDE. If the path to the executable file pythonw.exe is not found by the taskbook, then specify it by clicking the Browse button. Close the PT4Setup program.

As a result of the steps described above, the taskbook will be set up to be used with the IDLE environment for the Python language.

Wing IDE Personal and Wing IDE 101

1. Install a basic distribution of the Python language by following the steps in items 1 and 2 of the IDLE subsection.

2. Install one of the Wing IDE distributions: Wing IDE Personal 6.0 or Wing IDE 101 6.0. The Wing IDE 101 environment is simpler to use.

3. Run the PT4Setup program (Start | All programs | Programming Taskbook 4 | PT4 Setup) and make sure that the taskbook has detected the Wing IDE Personal (Python) or Wing IDE 101 (Python) IDE. If the path to the executable file wing-personal.exe or wing-101.exe is not found by the taskbook, then specify it by clicking the Browse button. On a standard installation, these environments are located in the Wing IDE subdirectories of the directory C:\Program Files (x86). Close the PT4Setup program.

As a result of the steps described above, the taskbook will be set up to be used with the Wing IDE environments for the Python language.

Note. If you have more than one version of the Python system on your computer, it is possible to choose one of them to use in the Wing IDE. To do this, run the menu command Edit | Configure Python... after loading the Wing IDE and then select the required version of Python from the Python Executable drop-down list in the Python Configuration dialog box that appears.

VS Code

1. Install a basic distribution of the Python language by following the steps in items 1 and 2 of the IDLE subsection.

2. Install VS Code https://code.visualstudio.com/download#, (Windows, 64 bit, User Installer or System Installer). If you select System Installer, the environment will be installed in the directory C:\Program Files, if you select User Installer, then the environment will be installed in the subdirectory of the current user directory, for example, C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Programs\Microsoft VS Code.

3. Run the PT4Setup program (Start | All programs | Programming Taskbook 4 | PT4 Setup) and make sure that the taskbook has detected the Visual Studio Code (Python) IDE. If the path to the executable file Code.exe is not found by the taskbook, then specify it by clicking the Browse button. Close the PT4Setup program.

4. Run the PT4Load program, call its context menu (by right-clicking) and select the Visual Studio Code (Python) command In the Task field, enter the name of a task (for example, Begin1) and press [Enter] of click the Load button. The created template file will be loaded into the VS Code editor. The first time you load a file with the .pyw extension, the VS Code editor will prompt you to install the Python language extension pack. When this extension pack is installed, you will be able to start Python programs from VS Code by pressing [F5].

As a result of the steps described above, the taskbook will be set up to be used with the VS Code environment for the Python language.

PyCharm

1. Install a basic distribution of the Python language by following the steps in items 1 and 2 of the IDLE subsection.

2. Download and install PyCharm IDE https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=windows, (Community (Free) version). When installing, pay attention to the directory in which the PyCharm IDE will be located, because the path to this directory will need to be specified when setting up the PyCharm IDE for the taskbook (by default, the PyCharm IDE is installed in a subdirectory of the Program Files directory, for example, C:\Program Files\JetBrains\PyCharm Community Edition 2021.3.1, and the pycharm64.exe file is located in the bin subdirectory).

3. Run the PT4Setup program (Start | All programs | Programming Taskbook 4 | PT4 Setup) and make sure that the taskbook has detected the PyCharm (Python) IDE. If the path to the executable file pycharm64.exe is not found by the taskbook, then specify it by clicking the Browse button. Close the PT4Setup program.

4. Run the PT4Load program, call its context menu (by right-clicking) and select the PyCharm (Python) command In the Task field, enter the name of a task (for example, Begin1) and press [Enter] of click the Load button. The created template file will be loaded into the PyCharm IDE.

5. The Edit configuration dialog box may appear at the first run of the Python project in the PyCharm IDE. This happens when the executing system (the Python interpreter) is not yet linked to the created project. The bottom part of the Edit configuration window will display a message "Please select a valid Python interpreter". In order to connect the Python interpreter to the project, you must close the Edit configuration window and execute the File | Settings menu command. The Settings dialog box will appear on the screen in which you should select the section Project PT4Work | Python Interpreter. On the right side of the window, expand the Python Interpreter drop-down list. If this list contains only text No interpreter, then select the Show All option in it and click on the button with the symbol "+" in the new window. The new window Add Python Interpreter will appear. In the left part of the window, select the System Interpreter option, and, in the right part of the Interpreter drop-down list, specify the required Python interpreter. Then close all previously open windows by clicking the OK button in each of them. You only need to configure the Python interpreter once; afterwards, the interpreter will be chosen automatically for all projects.

As a result of the steps described above, the taskbook will be set up to be used with the PyCharm IDE for the Python language.


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