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TI-84 TI-Python emulator and programming

No physical TI-84 needed
If you don’t have a TI-84 Python edition and you don’t want to buy one:
you can download emulation software from Texas Instruments, valid for 90 days:
TI-SmartView CE-T Emulator
And: don’t forget to download the manual as well: it helps!
It works the same as a real calculator with the TI-Connect Software.
You can develop your Python programs in an editor (see below) and directly upload them to the emulator.

If you’re looking for a way to edit the scripts on your desktop and upload them:
I recommend programming with Python (TI-Python), because it’s modern, easy to understand and easy to upload from your desktop to the TI-84 (or TI-84 emulator)

For TI-Basic programming
Download the TokenIde software
Before uploading to your TI-84 you have to tokenize the file (build – 8x – tokenize .8xp)
Wikipedia TI-Basic

For TI-Python programming
You don’t need any special software, simple work with .PY files and upload it with the TI-Connect software. I recommend using the Jetbrains Pycharm editor. For those who are familiar with Java and/or C# programming: it will look all familiar to you.

If you don’t want to install any software on your PC: that’s possible with https://replit.com
It works just fine, you can debug quite easily, but: it’s not Jetbrains software. The main, and big, advantage is, that you really mustn’t install any extra software on your PC.
I’ve made one of my github repositories compatible with replit: https://github.com/edleijnse/ti84python
But I advise you not to be too lazy because you will be 100 percent dependent on replit.com: you have to trust them: For mission-critical software, not a good idea!

TI-Connect software

The Python manuals from Texas Instruments are very hard to find, they’re probably hidden in some software bundle: if you know where, please let me know and I’ll replace the downloads with a link to the original PDF files (Sorry, Texas Instruments: you could do better than that if you want to make the TI-84 Python edition a real success story).
Here is a copy of the manuals in English and German: