Ranting about the state of Python IDEs for Windows

Alex Martelli aleaxit at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 16 14:16:22 CEST 2004

Daniel Ellison <daniel at syrinx.net> wrote:
> > Except, no tabbed interface when editing multiple files (not even with
> > GVIM: just ONE window, as seen from the OS/GUI level, even though vim
> > can partition it).  Vim is my favourite editor, but the lack of tabbed
> > interface _is_ a pity.
> Ah, but that partitioning, or splitting windows, is a viable alternative
> to tabs. Once one gets used to it, splitting and moving from window to
> window is done without thought. No, it's not convenient to have a dozen

I've used VIM since day one (and vi before then) and yet I consider its
"partitioning or splitting window" a substantial productivity loss
compared to tabbed editors.  Not a matter of getting used to it, just
ergonomically inferior.

> The only thing Vim doesn't have is project management. But I do believe
> there are Vim scripts that can handle this function to a certain extent.

That one I don't miss in the least.

> Anyway, I'm not here to convert anyone. I just know that every time I've
> tried to move to another editor I always end up back at Vim.

Me too, but that's part of why I grouse so badly about the few things
Vim doesn't do _right_.  When I'm dialed in, no GUI, slow line, and have
to use vim without the G, sure, kludges like window splitting are better
than nothing.  But mostly I'm on a GUI, with gvim, and the lack of
tabbed editing just sucks.  Next time I have some spare time (that will
be the day) I'll give emacs+its vi emulations another try, I think.
Most likely I'll come back to Vim and start grousing again, tho...;-)


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