The ChennaiPy meeting went well.

i gained little amount knowledge of ncurses,bpython and SciPy in Python.


bpython is a fancy interface to the Python interpreter for Unix-like operating systems (I hear it works fine on OS X). It is released under the MIT License. It has the following features:

  • In-line syntax highlighting.
  • Readline-like autocomplete with suggestions displayed as you type.
  • Expected parameter list for any Python function.
  • “Rewind” function to pop the last line of code from memory and re-evaluate.
  • Send the code you’ve entered off to a pastebin.
  • Save the code you’ve entered to a file.
  • Auto-indentation.


Sometimes you want a full-blown GUI interface in your Python program. And other times a strictly command-line interface is the most appropriate usage. But still another class of Python programs would be well served by by having an interactive user-interface without the overhead or requirements of a graphical environment. For interactive text mode programs (under Linux/Unix), the ncurses library, and Python’s standard curses module as a wrapper for it, are just what you need for your program. This article discusses the use of curses in Python, and uses example source code in the form of a front-end to the Txt2Html program developed throughout this column.

The pcurses library was further improved when Zeyd Ben-Halim took over the development effort in late 1991. The new library was released as ncurses in November 1993, with version 1.8.1 as the first major release. Subsequent work, through version 1.8.8 (1995), was driven by Eric S. Raymond, who added the form and menu libraries written by Juergen Pfeifer.Since 1996, it has been maintained by Thomas E. Dickey.

Most ncurses calls can be easily ported to the old curses. System V curses implementations can support BSD curses programs with just a recompilation.However, a few areas are problematic, such as handling terminal resizing, since no counterpart exists in the old curses.

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