Most effective coding.. IDE question.

Ken Starks straton at
Sun Jun 8 15:50:22 CEST 2008

dave wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I'm a beginning self-taught python student.  Currently, I work out my 
> code within IDLE then when I have a version that I like, or that's 
> working, I move it over to a new window and save it.
> I've been playing w/ Komodo IDE lately, and while it's nice, what I 
> don't like is the "one line at a time" (produced by hitting up-arrow) in 
> the shell.  In IDLE, ctrl-p can reproduce a whole function or class - 
> opposed to only the last line in Komodo.
> Is my IDLE method common?  Or am I simply creating more of a headache 
> for myself?  What do you recommend?  I'm not that advanced and don't 
> need anything fancy.  I'm on OS X.
> Thanks!
> Dave

For th simplest work, you could try skite as an editor; it
takes you code in on window, and sends the output to another
when you press F5.

But--'not advanced' or not--I would suggest you look forward to
the time when you will need version control, unit tests, and other
utilities of a more comprehensive environment. Take a look at
Eclipse, for example.

For several sceencasts, python and eclipse included:

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