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1 July 2017

Thonny Python REPL on the Raspberry Pi

Thonny IDE

Python coders who use the latest Raspberry Pi Raspbian Pixel distro will find the Thonny Python REPL development tool is pre-installed.

Thonny is a far better development option option than IDLE or many other Python editors. Thonny comes with Python 3.6 built-in, has many pro-level features, yet retains an easy-to-use user interface.

Thonny's advanced features include:

• Code completion: helps beginners explore the Python language and reduce typos

• REPL Shell: quickly try out Python statements and play with new packages

• Deep Code Debugger: step through actual code elements and expression evaluations

• Variable Viewer: monitor the value of your variables in real time

• Function Call Visualisation: including a way to see how recursion works in practice

• Syntax Error Highlighting: identifies common errors like missing quotes or parentheses

• Scope Detection: ensures local variables are visually distinguishable from global variables

Sound interesting? Then head over to the Thonny.org webpage where you'll find additional information, a Thonny in action video demo, plus download instructions for older Raspbian distro releases or Windows, macOS and Linux.

And there's more helpful information in an online MagPi Thonny tutorial.

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