[Python Edinburgh] Allow myself to introduce.......myself!

Mark Smith mark.smith at practicalpoetry.co.uk
Sun Oct 27 15:40:56 CET 2013

Hi Desmond,

Welcome to the group!

Many Python developers don't use an IDE at all, and find that using a
high-power text editor like Notepad++, Sublime Text, Vim, or Emacs gives
them everything they need.

The main IDEs used by those who do are:
Eclipse with the PyDev extension, which is fully-featured and free, but is
generally considered to be a bit clunky.
My personal preference is PyCharm, which has just had a cut-down version
made free. It's great for learning the language, although it doesn't come
with some of their extra support for web development frameworks.

I think with all of these options you'll need to separately install a
recent version of Python - the currently most-supported version is Python
2.7. Python is like PHP in that you don't need to compile programs before
running - you just run your scripts directly.

If you're planning to do web development with Python, you should check out
the Django and Flask frameworks. Django is very powerful, but has a
reasonably steep learning curve; Flask is probably quicker to get
up-and-running with, but doesn't offer Django's database abstraction.

I hope your experience with Python is as positive as mine - I found it a
revelation when I started learning it, coming from a mainly Java and Perl


On 26 October 2013 21:03, Desmond Devlin <desmonddevlin at operamail.com>wrote:

> I'm a 34 Year-Old Full Time Carer from Northern Ireland who graduated in
> IT back in 2001 but was unable to find an ideal Job in IT. Over the past
> 6 1/2 Years I used Poetry as a means of self-therapy, but now I wish to
> return to programming in order to find work.
> I was inspired to return to programming by the viral code.org Video made
> 9 Months ago; which I saw on the LinkedIn profile of an old Uni Mate;
> and was later egged on to get back to programming by another ex-Uni mate
> on LinkedIn.
> Although my primary focus is PHP and Java, I would also like to learn
> Python to keep my options open. I have Netbeans 7.4 for HTML, Java and
> PHP. Does that IDE also do Python? If not, I installed a Python compiler
> last Christmas when I was doing things Half heatedly.
> That's enough about myself, I hope that this will be a valuable journey
> for me.
> Regards,
> Desmond.
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