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Quick Python color coding in editing question

  1. Jul 19, 2011 #1
    When I've been programming in Python for a while I noticed that the color coding in IDLE goes away. If I restart IDLE, the colors come back. Why is it doing this? How can I maintain the color in there without having to restart a bunch of times?

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  3. Jul 19, 2011 #2


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    The only reason I've noticed IDLE losing syntax highlighting is saving a Python file without the proper extension, but I haven't used IDLE in a long time. (I write Python in gedit and run my scripts from the terminal on a Linux box.)

    You may want to consider using a different editor/IDE than IDLE, for me it's always been troublesome.
  4. Jul 20, 2011 #3
    That was it exactly. I wasn't using the .py extension. I'm very new to programming so I haven't experimented with a different editor yet, I'll download some others and play around. Thanks for your help.
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