Pythonista for Mac
Who else would be very excited about Pythonista for Mac?
Sure, you can just "install" Python on a Mac. But you're stuck modifying system files and juggling built-in 2.7 with a downloaded copy. I think there's an untapped need for a sandboxed, completely GUI-driven Python IDE on Mac, and syncing with iOS Pythonista would be the icing on the cake. Would instantly be a key tool for teaching programming in education spaces with Mac deployments. Who's with me? 😁
One reason I can think of for a Mac version of Pythonista would be to automatically sync your files & projects via iCloud, similar to the Handoff function. I would definitely consider paying for that.
A lot of articles appearing today talking about ios12 and the relevant MacOS in terms of being able to run iOS apps on Mac. Not sure if these are unfounded rumours or not. This is not the first time this has been in the news, but it appears the speculation is growing. For me, I will keep my fingers crossed that they do it. Its not just being able to run Pythonista the editor on the Mac, but also the programs you write. I know the last sentence sounds strange, but thats the real point in my view. Its not just to have a larger screen with a external keyboard, its the ability to run your Pythonista apps/scripts on a Mac.
Just my personal view for my circumstance.
yes please !
Maybe it's time to evaluate this question once again with the release of Catalyst which allows iPad apps to be ported to Mac using the same code-base. I'd love to use Pythonista on Mac.
@lipschitz I think you are right. While I agree with others that native MacOS Python development is great, there are two cases where I'd like to see Pythonista for IOS run under Catalyst.
First, when I'm developing a Pythonista app to run on IOS, and I happen to be at home in front of my big screen, I like to use @code and let iCloud sync the changes to my iPad or iPhone. Then I run and test there. The sync time is normally about 2 seconds for changes. Some times much longer depending on the vagaries of iCloud. With Pythonista running on the Mac, maybe it would be faster? Certainly
cmd-tabbingto Pythonista without having to pick up the phone would be convenient.
Second, Pythonista nicely solves the "throw a UI together" problem. Certainly better than tkinter. If it ran under Catalyst, then I get access to my apps everywhere. Would also be nice for the folks who use apps I write for them.
I wish Apple had embraced Pythonista as a first-class language for app development. This could be the next best thing.
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The idea of running Pythonista in https://developer.apple.com/mac-catalyst has been growing on me since my comments above three years ago. Being able to run at least the GUI Editor on Mac OS might accelerate UI creation. How difficult is it to move apps to Catalyst?
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