Python IDE's

projecktzero projecktzero at
Tue Aug 2 17:46:19 CEST 2005

The thing that nudged me into trying VIM was the book, The Pragmatic
Programmer. It mentioned Emacs and VIM and the value of learning a
powerful editor and sticking with it. I had tried Emacs three times
long ago, and it didn't click with me. I decided to try VIM, and it
made a lot more sense to me. Yep, there's a steep learning curve. I
learned a lot of the basic command in a day or so, then gradually
learned more and more. I'm always finding something new about it.
There's tons of scripts, plug-ins, and tips at the site.

A couple of important things to me are:

Cross platform: I work with Windows, Linux, VMS, and Mac

Works with mulitple languages: I write Python, Perl, XHTML/HTML, CSS,
Javascript, SQL, COBOL, DCL, and occasionally VBScript.

I will point out that both Emacs and VIM do their best to keep your
hands on the keyboard which supposedly keeps you more productive since
you don't have to waste time grabbing the mouse to perform many tasks.
That philosophy is alien to many people and does take some getting used
to. I think both of these editors have their roots in the pre-mouse
days. has a blog about
VIM with Python built in. You can script VIM with Python. is a script that
allows you to use PyDoc from within VIM, so you can look up
documentation on modules while coding. pydiction is a
special dictionary file of Python modules for use with vim's completion
feature. is a plug in for
running Python scripts from within VIM. allows you to run
PyChecker from within VIM.

Code folding, auto indentation, syntax highlighting are standard
features in VIM.

Anyway, it's worth checking out VIM. If it doesn't click with you, look
at Emacs. I'd imagine that it has as many plug-ins/scripts for Python
as VIM.

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