[Python Edinburgh] Training and IDE

Mark Smith mark.smith at practicalpoetry.co.uk
Tue Sep 3 16:14:09 CEST 2013

Hi Glenn,

Welcome to the group!

If you ask what IDE people use, you'll end up with nearly as many different
answers as there are people! I use PyCharm mostly myself, although a
syntax-highlighting text editor such as Notepad++ on Windows, or Sublime
Text (or Vim or Emacs) is often fine for smaller projects.

I've been running a 3-day Python training course for about 4 years now, but
usually with about 10 people attending, so it's more geared towards
companies than individuals. Is the course just for you or for a group?

I'm really interested to know what you're using Python for - are you
allowed to discuss the project openly?


On 3 September 2013 14:26, Magnus Hagdorn <Magnus.Hagdorn at marsupium.org>wrote:

> On 03/09/13 11:29, Bald, Glenn wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Sorry if this has all been asked before, I am new. I am also fairly new
>> to python and will be using for GIS automation.
>> Can anyone recommend a good training course ideally either in easy reach
>> of Edinburgh or in central London?
>> What IDE's are people using?
> Hi Glenn,
> personally, I use emacs and am very happy with it. But if you want to use
> an IDE, then I can recommend spyder [1] which gives you a Matlab like
> environment. A lot of our python users use it, in particular for data
> analysis. On windows you can get spyder along with python(x,y) [2], on
> Linux it is usually packaged. You can also get it for the Mac.
> As an introduction I would work through the online python tutorial [3].
> Then, depending on what you want to do, find other instructions. Stack
> overflow [4] is pretty good.
> What are you looking for in a python course? I run a half-day intro
> workshop which focuses on using python for data plotting at the University
> of Edinburgh. This year I will also run an intro to object oriented
> programming in python.
> What GIS are you planning to use? We have people use ArcGIS, GRASS and
> Qantum GIS.
> Cheers
> magnus
> [1] http://code.google.com/p/**spyderlib/<http://code.google.com/p/spyderlib/>
> [2] https://code.google.com/p/**pythonxy/<https://code.google.com/p/pythonxy/>
> [3] http://docs.python.org/2/**tutorial/index.html<http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/index.html>
> [4] http://stackoverflow.com/
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