Good IDE for Python

Grégoire Dooms dooms at
Sun Jun 13 11:14:20 CEST 2004

Kamilche wrote:
> I love Python, but I'm less than in love with IDLE. It's OK, but it
> really doesn't have enough capabilities.
> What I consider critical, are a popdown listing of all my functions,
> colored syntax printing, and a right-click 'definition' context menu
> that will hop you to the spot where that keyword is defined, if
> possible. Everything else I could learn to do without, but these
> features keep me hoping for a better IDE for Python.
> I'm used to the Microsoft Visual C++ debugger, and though tooltip
> variable debugging and intellisense were nice, they broke often enough
> that you couldn't rely on them anyway, so I don't really need those
> features.
> I would also like the ability to create application 'forms' visually.
> I'm on a Windows XP machine.
> Any suggestions on what I should install next?

This patch to IDLE improves it a bit:

It adds among other things the pop-down function list.
It's a little cumbersome to apply but the result is quite good.
I've been using it for a few days and I'm quite happy with it.
I may provide a patch against python 2.3.3 or another version if someone 
is interrested.

If you are interresed, I made a smaller patch adding the qualified name 
autocompletion (module.<Alt-/>functions). But the former patch does it 
better (it even supports filename autocompletion).

Grégoire Dooms

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