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BlackAdder is an IDE that allows professional and hobbyist programmers alike to produce complex applications.





BlackAdder is an application development environment that allows professional and hobbyist programmers alike to produce complex applications for the Windows and Linux platforms.

BlackAdder brings together the Python programming language, the Ruby development language (Ruby is temporarily removed until the Qt bindings are updated to Qt3, currently in progress), the Qt graphical user interface (GUI) toolkit, ODBC database connectivity and an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes an editor, a GUI designer, a debugger and an interactive Python interpreter.

(A Ruby interpreter, debugger and ODBC support for Ruby are not yet available.) BlackAdder gives the programmer, in a single package, all they need to develop sophisticated applications.

Here are some key features of "BlackAdder":

A complete cross-platform Integrated Development Environment for developing GUI applications in Python and Ruby. You don't need anything else.
Applications run unchanged under Windows and Linux. Protect your investment in your development.
Personal and Business Editions. The Business Edition includes optional support and the rights to distribute the run-time elements with your application at no extra charge.
A limited functionality, freely available demonstration version can be downloaded from here.
Organises your Python and Ruby scripts and GUI designs into easy to manage projects.
An editor that includes highlighting of Python and Ruby keywords, automatic indentation, and user configurable fonts and colors.
An interactive Python interpreter (v2.4 or later) that allows you to execute any Python commands while your application is running.
The Professional version of the Qt GUI toolkit (v3.x) including:
the Canvas module
the Table module
the Database module
Qsocket, QserverSocket, and Qhost Address classes from the Network module.
A GUI designer with all the features of Qt Designer and generates Python and Ruby code.
A debugger that supports single stepping and breakpoints and the display of local and global objects in any active Python or Ruby frame.
ODBC database connectivity (using mxODBC v2.0, see
10mb of PyQt documentation with lots of examples and two tutorials, this is also available as a stand alone product called PyQtDoc.

Personal Edition Features

For home use.
Includes Windows and Linux versions.
Optional subscription service to receive updates.
Informal mailing list support.

Business Edition Features

For commercial use.
Includes Windows and Linux versions.
Optional subscription service to receive updates.
Optional formal email support.
Includes the rights to distribute the run-time elements (except mxODBC) with your application.
If you already own a commercial Qt license from Trolltech, then you can use the Personal Edition, but you will not have a commercial PyQt license, you would then need to check with Riverbank Computing.


BlackAdder requires Python version 2.4 or later.

What's New in This Release:

Better integration with Qt Designer.
Designer update to recent designer from Qt 3.3.3.
Class browser.
Class/function structure that shows in class browser or in project panel now sync if file changes.
Sort modes for class browser.
Key binding for quick navigation between classes/functions.
User can add forms to sub folders in project.
User can add sources (py) files to ui froms. (implementation inside).
"Save" for project.
Editor now tracks if an edited file was changed outside of editor. (you can reload). Useful if using cvs.
Editor improvements.
Code completion (Vim-like style: Ctrl-N, Ctrl-P).
Code completion to Qt Classes/Functions.
Indentation guides.
"Inherit" now doesn't overwrite existing sub class. Useful if you modified form.
Last updated on June 13th, 2005
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