[Python-Dev] Working on the Python code-base with a VIM-based setup

Kevin Watters kevin.watters at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 19:01:16 CEST 2010

Another shameless plug:

My pyflakes.vim plugin will highlight errors as you type: 

It's really helpful for catching those typos that you usually don't 
notice until the runtime NameError.

Eli Bendersky wrote:
> Hello pydev,
> This is a meta-question which I hope is appropriate in this list (**). 
> Recently I've switched to to VIM as my main development platform (in 
> terms of code editing and navigation). Working on the Python code-base 
> is both a concrete requirement and a yardstick for me - I want to be as 
> effective as possible at it. Therefore I would like to ask those of you 
> working on Python's code with VIM about your setups - the special tweaks 
> to VIM & plugins you use to make working with the code as simple and 
> effective as possible.
> Myself, since I'm still a VIM newbie, my setup is quite spartan. I 
> created tags with:
> ctags -R Grammar Include Modules/ Objects/ Parser/ Python/
> And now happily browse around the source code with Ctrl-], Ctrl-I/O, 
> Ctrl-T and so on. I've also installed the Taglist plugin to show all 
> functions/macros in open buffers - it's sometimes helpful. Other plugins 
> I've found useful ar NERD-commenter (for commenting out chunks of code) 
> and highlight_current_line (for a visual cue of where I am in a file).
> Besides, I've taken the suggested settings from the .vimrc file in Misc/ 
> to help enforcing PEP-8.
> I heard that there are more sophisticated tags plugins that also allow 
> one to check where a function is called for, and other intellisens-y 
> stuff, though I'm not sure whether anyone uses it for Python's code.
> Thanks in advance,
> Eli
> (**) Note that it deals with the source code *of Python* (the stuff you 
> download from Python's official SVN), not Python source code.

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