I’m trying to get back to basics as well. IDLE might be simple but so are a lot of their programs. With the push for the pupils to be able to read the code then having the IDE check it for them isn’t helping them, I think.
I feel like I am back in the 80’s with Python and IDLE but it could be that is no bad thing. For years I’ve been forcing the kids not use VB’s objects, now they don’t have the choice.
I’ll teach the basics and let the Uni or themselves simplify it.
Same goes for HTML. I am sitting here investigating WebPlus X8 as a replacement for dreamweaver CS3 and thinking that notepad++ and HTML 5 would be better for the kids in the long run and that applies from the first time we show them it.