The Eric4 IDE
I've been using IDLE under the latest Enthought release (python 2.7) running windows XP (and windows 7 on another computer). But I decided I wanted to use a real IDE with the goal of writing GUI applications. It seemed like Eric4 would be a reasonable choice.
I have found MANY different directions for installing Eric4 but the problem is no two such directions are even remotely similar. Some are even wildly different so I'm getting confused.
So far what I have done is this:
1.) I went to http://riverbankcomputing.com/software/pyqt/download
and downloaded and executed the file PyQt-Py2.7-x86-gpl-4.8.4-1.exe
I haven't yet run any build or installation programs. I'm not sure what to do next. The only directions on this page is as follows:
"Before you can build PyQt you must have already built and installed SIP"
Does that mean I have already jumped the gun? Do I have to uninstall PyQt, install SIP, and then Re-install PyQt? I've read some installation guides that seem to suggest this. On the other hand, in my Python\Lib\site-packages folder I see a sipconfig.py as well as a sip\PyQt4 folder which has all sorts of stuff in it. Also there is a sip.exe file in the main PyQt4 folder. Does this mean I already have SIP loaded? If so, do I have to build it, and how do I do that? Then do I have to build PyQt4 and if so, how do I do that? After that, I'm hoping installing the actual Eric4 code might be the easy part?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.