Above is Nicholas Tollervey discussing Tools of the Trade: The Making of a Code Editor (Mu).
“Tools of the Trade: The Making of a Code Editor. [EuroPython 2019 – Talk – 2019-07-12 – Singapore] [Basel, CH] By Nicholas Tollervey This talk tells the story of Mu, a native code editor written in Python (https://codewith.mu/).
One Sunday afternoon I foolishly asked myself, “”How hard can it be to write a simple code editor?”” Several years later an international team of volunteers are still working on the project.
We have had to address: Cross platform GUI development. Cross platform packaging solutions for Python. Creating an interactive visual debugger. Integrating with iPython notebook. Integrating with various IoT MicroPython devices. Integrating with frameworks such as PyGame/PyGameZero and Flask. Automating cross platform testing. Researching and testing UX with a challenging user base. Accessibility for all. Internationalisation. Creating an inclusive, welcoming and supportive community.
This talk will explain why Mu was created, how Mu was created and, most importantly, shares the decision making, technical research and implementation details of Mu in the hope others can learn from our mistakes, mis-steps and muck-ups.
Mu is the Adafruit preferred editor for CircuitPython, although any text editor will work, no special software required.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.