Thanks for your reply. I appreciate the tip about Atom. I plan to check it out. I have read good things about it. I had only been using Notepad++, since I already had it. If Atom doesn’t have a simple run function, it isn’t better in my opinion. While I want to understand file paths,permissions, etcetera, I wasn’t looking forward to being bogged down by them.
I did take the time, prior to the original post of mine, to attempt to figure out the answers to the questions I seek. I had read that a code editor is easier to understand and doesn’t offer shortcuts, which can hinder the education of green programmers. I also read that IDE’s are the way to go, once you know how to code and are looking to save time. I do want to learn and I am willing to put forth the effort, but the particular set of problems I have, seem to be a major road block to even trying to learn. I hope you can appreciate where I am coming from.
I was trying to understand from my Google searches and use the f5 feature in Notepad ++ to run my code. At the advice of various individuals and a few of my own ideas, I tried all of the following:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python36_64\Lib\idlelib-i “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)”
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python36_64\Lib\idlelib\idle.bat-r “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)”
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python36_64\Lib\idlelib\idle.bat-i “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)”
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python36_64\Lib\idlelib\idle.py-r “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)”
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python36_64\Lib\idlelib\idle.py-i “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)”
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python36_64\Lib\idlelib\idle.py “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)”
I uninstalled the Microsoft Visual Studio version, thinking it was the problem and went with the version from Python.org. I found another video, explaining how to use the Plug-ins for Notepad++ and the programming of a macro. I programmed the macro with the following path;
C:\Python\python\new 1.py "$(FILE_NAME)
and that didn’t work…
I got an error message stating that I couldn’t save in Python, I didn’t have permission. That doesn’t make sense. I am the owner/administrator and only user on my computer. I tried this next, since I did have permission to save here;
C:\Users\Christopher\Documents\new 1.py "$(FILE_NAME)
If the file I am creating isn’t actually supposed to be saved in the Python folder, or a sub folder of python, then none of the file paths I was instructed to use make sense. Either I am getting bad information, or the information doesn’t fit my OS and Python version. I find it all a bit dizzying. I was hoping for an experienced coder to help me understand these confusing things. I am using Windows 7 Pro x 64 and Python 3.6.4
Any help you could offer me beyond, “you think I will figure it out”," I should be able to figure it out", or “I have to get lucky enough that, another individual with my exact problem ands circumstances, inquired and got a correct answer, and should have to find it in a public forum somewhere”, would be much appreciated.
As for the advice about using Python for GUI’s, I really appreciate where you are coming from. From what I have read, and a few other programmers I have conversed with have told me that, Python or Java tend to be easier to learn with, than any of the C languages. I was trying to get a good basic education as a programmer, before jumping into complex things. They also say that the C languages are better for GUI’s and more for efficient data processing.
I realize that I am perhaps seemingly contradicting myself, by wanting to build a GUI, for my first project. I plan to start small, with a basic file parser. I was hoping that by learning to import files and export files, I would be able to graduate up to importing other programs into the GUI, that then do calculations and export data, for further analysis and then eventually, create a free standing program that can do all of the importing, exporting, parsing, analysis and then storage and retrieval.
I have learned that I can do this in chunks. I have also learned that I can use more than one language to write a program. Who knows, maybe once I get a program written in Python, I may attempt to rewrite it in other languages, until I find one I like or that functions best. Another thing that attracted me to Python was that it is sort of imperative and declarative. I could see the need to understand both types of languages, to eventually do what I want. I was interested in a versatile language that I could grow with. Python seems to be it.