Emacs is going to die! =( [was Re: Emacs + python (Was Re: python is going to die! =()

Richie Hindle richie at entrian.com
Fri Oct 1 06:06:00 EDT 2004

> I do see the possibility [of Eclipse taking over from Emacs], but
> the Eclipse community is going to have to more eagerly embrace the
> non-Java world.

I tried Eclipse this week as a possible alternative to SciTE, which is
my current preferred Python editor.  I discovered two things:

1. There is no File/Open.  You can't just open an arbitrary file and
   edit it; the file must be part of a project.  This makes (some) sense
   for Java because your CLASSPATH limits where source files can be
   picked up from (but what about non-source files? or files that are
   indirectly related to your project?)

2. In the Python debugger (I was using the PyDev plugin) a Step took
   between 3 and 4 seconds on my 3GHz PC.  (I'd previously tried
   TruStudio and had been unable to make their debugger work at all.)

I uninstalled the whole thing sharpish.  If there are Eclipse/PyDev fans
out there who want to say "No, you've missed the 'let me open arbitrary
files' and 'make the Python debugger work at a decent speed' options",
I'm all ears!

Richie Hindle
richie at entrian.com

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